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 1,880 793
Panic attacks 918 405
Panic disorder 630 302
Generalized anxiety disorder 184 79
Insomnia 172 91

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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 661

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.25mg as needed 53
0.5mg as needed 53
0.5 mg daily 27
0.25 mg daily 24
1 mg three times daily 23
1mg as needed 22
1 mg daily 16
0.5 mg three times daily 16
2 mg daily 14
0.5 mg twice daily 13

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 263
Other 224
Did not seem to work 164
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
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 84
5 - 10 years 113
10 years or more 125

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 93
1 - 6 months 139
6 months - 1 year 108
1 - 2 years 102
2 - 5 years 166
5 - 10 years 81
10 years or more 55
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 774
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 1032
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 57
< $25 691
Not specified 531

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) 86
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

Feb 17, 2008 (Started Feb 17, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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