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 1,011 357
Panic attacks 549 189
Panic disorder 266 107
Generalized anxiety disorder 110 38
Insomnia 64 26

Show all 143 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 88
Mild 162
None 279

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Xanax

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 51
Drowsiness 45
Sedation 30
Problems concentrating 23
Memory problems 18
Fatigue 12

Show all 97 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Xanax

Dosage Patients
0.25mg as needed 42
0.5mg as needed 37
1mg as needed 20
1 mg three times daily 15
0.25 mg daily 14
0.5 mg daily 14
0.5 mg three times daily 13
1 mg daily 10
1 mg twice daily 9
0.25 mg twice daily 8

See all 40 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Xanax

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 144
Other 120
Did not seem to work 84
Side effects too severe 60
Course of treatment ended 45
Personal research 26
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 7
See all 376 patients who've stopped taking Xanax

Duration

Currently taking Xanax

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 59
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 74

Stopped taking Xanax

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 43
1 - 6 months 83
6 months - 1 year 54
1 - 2 years 51
2 - 5 years 75
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 30
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 327
Usually 128
Sometimes 84
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 60
Not at all hard to take 446
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 26
< $25 289
Not specified 237

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Xanax after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 31
Lorazepam (Ativan) 18
Diazepam (Valium) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 4
Citalopram (Celexa) 2

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Xanax and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 59
Lorazepam (Ativan) 22
Diazepam (Valium) 14
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 7

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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50 patient evaluations for Xanax

Jan 1, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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