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 1,876 792
Panic attacks 917 405
Panic disorder 630 301
Generalized anxiety disorder 184 79
Insomnia 172 91

Show all 222 reasons taken


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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 63
Moderate 176
Mild 402
None 660

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 105
Drowsiness 101
Sedation 52
Fatigue 36
Problems concentrating 35
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 30

Show all 125 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 60
0.25mg as needed 54
1 mg three times daily 27
0.5 mg daily 26
0.25 mg daily 24
1 mg daily 20
1mg as needed 20
0.5 mg three times daily 17
2 mg daily 16
0.5 mg twice daily 12

See all 51 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 262
Other 224
Did not seem to work 165
Side effects too severe 113
Course of treatment ended 96
Personal research 44
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 730 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 89
5 - 10 years 125
10 years or more 133

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 92
1 - 6 months 139
6 months - 1 year 108
1 - 2 years 103
2 - 5 years 166
5 - 10 years 81
10 years or more 55
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 773
Usually 295
Sometimes 195
Never taken as prescribed 38
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 96
A little hard to take 147
Not at all hard to take 1031
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 57
< $25 691
Not specified 530

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 64
Lorazepam (Ativan) 38
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Buspirone (BuSpar) 6
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 87
Lorazepam (Ativan) 38
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 11

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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105 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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