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 1,846 764
Panic attacks 905 393
Panic disorder 626 293
Generalized anxiety disorder 173 75
Insomnia 173 92

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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
170
Mild
391
None
639

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 102
Drowsiness 96
Sedation 52
Fatigue 35
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 32

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.25mg as needed 68
0.5mg as needed 68
0.5 mg daily 37
1 mg daily 37
1 mg three times daily 30
1mg as needed 28
0.25 mg daily 26
0.5 mg three times daily 24
2 mg daily 18
0.5 mg twice daily 15

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 253
Other 216
Did not seem to work 159
Side effects too severe 106
Course of treatment ended 93
Personal research 42
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 16
See all 701 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 52
2 - 5 years 109
5 - 10 years 153
10 years or more 135

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 90
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 100
1 - 2 years 100
2 - 5 years 159
5 - 10 years 73
10 years or more 54
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 748
Usually 285
Sometimes 192
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 144
Not at all hard to take 995
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 56
< $25 671
Not specified 510

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 59
Lorazepam (Ativan) 35
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) 81
Lorazepam (Ativan) 34
Diazepam (Valium) 17
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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104 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

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.

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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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

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