What is Xanax?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Alprazolam

Xanax® is a brand name for the drug alprazolam, a short-acting drug in the benzodiazepine class used to treat anxiety disorders and as an adjunctive treatment for depression.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 988 347
Panic attacks 534 184
Panic disorder 253 104
Generalized anxiety disorder 107 38
Insomnia 64 26

Show all 145 reasons taken


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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
27
Moderate
87
Mild
157
None
272

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Xanax

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 51
Drowsiness 42
Sedation 30
Problems concentrating 23
Memory problems 19
Fatigue 11

Show all 94 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Xanax

Dosage Patients
0.25mg as needed 47
0.5mg as needed 44
1 mg three times daily 18
1mg as needed 18
1 mg daily 16
0.25 mg daily 15
0.5 mg daily 13
0.5 mg three times daily 12
0.5 mg twice daily 11
0.25 mg three times daily 7

See all 42 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Xanax

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 131
Other 115
Did not seem to work 81
Side effects too severe 59
Course of treatment ended 43
Personal research 24
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 7
See all 352 patients who've stopped taking Xanax

Duration

Currently taking Xanax

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 75
5 - 10 years 95
10 years or more 61

Stopped taking Xanax

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 36
1 - 6 months 82
6 months - 1 year 54
1 - 2 years 49
2 - 5 years 69
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 28
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 319
Usually 122
Sometimes 85
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 59
Not at all hard to take 434
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 28
< $25 283
Not specified 228

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Xanax after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 28
Lorazepam (Ativan) 15
Diazepam (Valium) 10
Buspirone (BuSpar) 4
Zolpidem (Ambien) 3

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Xanax and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 52
Lorazepam (Ativan) 20
Diazepam (Valium) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 7

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching to

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49 patient evaluations for Xanax

May 3, 2017 (Started Apr 28, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

May 21, 2016 (Started Dec 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: After being prayed for, and physically and mentally healed at church, I no longer take any brain meds at all. My wife and I can really tell a difference!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 12, 2016 (Started Dec 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Pray about your condition. God heals!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 27, 2016 (Started Dec 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 2, 2015 (Started Dec 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I use a weekly dosage container, and am able to stick with recommended dosages.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 3, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 90 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: This one can be addictive, please do take as prescribed. Do NOT stop taking it without a doctor tapering you off it . Stopping this medication too quickly can cause seizures and even death.  It has helped my myoclonous. It has helped me with agitation from other medications as well.  I feel more like eating.

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