What is Alprazolam?

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Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine used for the treatment of anxiety disorder, panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia, and anxiety associated with depression. It may also be used to treat anxiety in children.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 1,823 751
Panic attacks 889 384
Panic disorder 613 288
Insomnia 173 92
Generalized anxiety disorder 169 73

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
60
Moderate
168
Mild
386
None
626

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 102
Drowsiness 94
Sedation 52
Problems concentrating 35
Fatigue 34
Memory problems 31

Show all 154 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 78
0.25mg as needed 70
0.5 mg daily 35
1 mg daily 32
1 mg three times daily 27
0.25 mg daily 26
1mg as needed 25
0.5 mg twice daily 22
0.5 mg three times daily 17
2 mg daily 15

See all 55 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 246
Other 211
Did not seem to work 155
Side effects too severe 105
Course of treatment ended 90
Personal research 42
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 15
See all 683 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 111
5 - 10 years 154
10 years or more 115

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 82
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 103
1 - 2 years 99
2 - 5 years 155
5 - 10 years 69
10 years or more 51
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 734
Usually 280
Sometimes 191
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 94
A little hard to take 143
Not at all hard to take 977
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 56
< $25 660
Not specified 501

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 55
Lorazepam (Ativan) 34
Diazepam (Valium) 20
Buspirone (BuSpar) 5
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 78
Lorazepam (Ativan) 33
Diazepam (Valium) 17
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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104 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

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

Feb 10, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: I suffer from anxiety attacks, and this medicine usually stops them within 5 minutes. It is also of great help when I am in an uncomfortable social situation.
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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