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 1,861 778
Panic attacks 914 400
Panic disorder 630 302
Generalized anxiety disorder 177 76
Insomnia 171 91

Show all 233 reasons taken


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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 61
Moderate 172
Mild 397
None 650

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 103
Drowsiness 98
Sedation 52
Fatigue 35
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 31

Show all 159 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 65
0.25mg as needed 59
1 mg daily 38
0.5 mg daily 32
1mg as needed 26
1 mg three times daily 25
0.25 mg daily 23
0.5 mg three times daily 20
0.5 mg twice daily 14
1 mg twice daily 14

See all 57 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 261
Other 221
Did not seem to work 164
Side effects too severe 109
Course of treatment ended 95
Personal research 44
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 723 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 42
2 - 5 years 94
5 - 10 years 139
10 years or more 129

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 92
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 104
1 - 2 years 103
2 - 5 years 164
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 56
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 760
Usually 292
Sometimes 192
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 145
Not at all hard to take 1014
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 57
< $25 681
Not specified 519

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 62
Lorazepam (Ativan) 39
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) 85
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

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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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
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