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 1,001 351
Panic attacks 543 188
Panic disorder 261 106
Generalized anxiety disorder 109 39
Insomnia 64 26

Show all 145 reasons taken


  • Major
  • 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
159
None
280

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 12

Show all 94 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Xanax

Dosage Patients
0.25mg as needed 45
0.5mg as needed 36
1mg as needed 22
1 mg three times daily 20
0.5 mg daily 17
0.25 mg daily 16
1 mg daily 15
0.5 mg three times daily 15
0.5 mg twice daily 9
1 mg twice daily 9

See all 47 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Xanax

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 137
Other 117
Did not seem to work 84
Side effects too severe 60
Course of treatment ended 45
Personal research 24
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 7
See all 364 patients who've stopped taking Xanax

Duration

Currently taking Xanax

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 70
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 75

Stopped taking Xanax

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 42
1 - 6 months 84
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 71
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 29
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 327
Usually 124
Sometimes 85
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 41
A little hard to take 59
Not at all hard to take 443
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 28
< $25 287
Not specified 234

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Xanax after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 31
Lorazepam (Ativan) 16
Diazepam (Valium) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 4
Zolpidem (Ambien) 3

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Xanax and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 55
Lorazepam (Ativan) 21
Diazepam (Valium) 13
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 7

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching to

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49 patient evaluations for Xanax

Dec 1, 2017 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: After such a long time on this drug I have developed a tolerance to it and no longer works for me. So, I am tapering off it to an eve tuner stop altogether.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 25, 2012 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 10, 2012 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Just be cautious not to exceed the dosages since this can be addictive.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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