What is Alprazolam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 1,854 776
Panic attacks 911 399
Panic disorder 628 300
Generalized anxiety disorder 176 76
Insomnia 171 91

Show all 234 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 61
Moderate 171
Mild 397
None 647

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 103
Drowsiness 97
Sedation 52
Fatigue 35
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 31

Show all 157 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 66
0.25mg as needed 59
1 mg daily 36
0.5 mg daily 33
0.25 mg daily 26
1 mg three times daily 26
1mg as needed 25
0.5 mg three times daily 19
2 mg daily 16
0.5 mg twice daily 15

See all 61 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 259
Other 220
Did not seem to work 163
Side effects too severe 109
Course of treatment ended 94
Personal research 43
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 718 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 145
10 years or more 137

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 91
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 104
1 - 2 years 103
2 - 5 years 162
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 56
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 758
Usually 290
Sometimes 192
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 145
Not at all hard to take 1011
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 57
< $25 678
Not specified 518

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 61
Lorazepam (Ativan) 37
Diazepam (Valium) 21
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) 84
Lorazepam (Ativan) 36
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 10

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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105 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

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

Aug 21, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 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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