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 612 288
Insomnia 173 92
Generalized anxiety disorder 169 73

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • 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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 79
0.25mg as needed 71
0.5 mg daily 35
1 mg daily 31
1 mg three times daily 29
0.25 mg daily 25
1mg as needed 24
0.5 mg twice daily 21
0.5 mg three times daily 16
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 22
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 111
5 - 10 years 154
10 years or more 114

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) 19
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) 16
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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104 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Apr 7, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: none

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 18, 2015 (Started Feb 01, 1990)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: none
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 29, 2014 (Started Dec 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Jul 8, 2010 (Started Dec 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This medication has helped me with my feelings as they become overwhelming, or situations that I start to panic about as well as to sleep when my mind will not stop touching on everything and I can't stop it.

  • 0 helpful marks
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