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 1,826 753
Panic attacks 892 387
Panic disorder 614 289
Insomnia 174 93
Generalized anxiety disorder 171 75

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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
387
None
630

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 76
0.25mg as needed 67
0.5 mg daily 36
1 mg daily 32
1 mg three times daily 31
0.25 mg daily 26
1mg as needed 26
0.5 mg twice daily 22
2 mg daily 19
0.5 mg three times daily 15

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 245
Other 212
Did not seem to work 155
Side effects too severe 106
Course of treatment ended 90
Personal research 42
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 15
See all 684 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 114
5 - 10 years 156
10 years or more 116

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 84
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 102
1 - 2 years 99
2 - 5 years 155
5 - 10 years 69
10 years or more 51
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 738
Usually 281
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 982
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 56
< $25 662
Not specified 504

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 58
Lorazepam (Ativan) 34
Diazepam (Valium) 20
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) 80
Lorazepam (Ativan) 33
Diazepam (Valium) 17
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 8

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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104 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Jan 27, 2007 (Started Dec 23, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (stupidity or "stupids" effect)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: effectively treated anxiety, but felt as if I was in a stupor
Side effects: stupidity or "stupids" effect

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Aug 12, 2005 (Started Jul 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Alprazolam works w/ my Trazadone to help my sleep but leaves me groggy for a long time. I can't take it if I have plans the next day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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