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 1,796 738
Panic attacks 876 379
Panic disorder 597 278
Insomnia 173 92
Generalized anxiety disorder 167 71

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 60
Moderate 160
Mild 380
None 617

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 102
Drowsiness 89
Sedation 52
Problems concentrating 35
Fatigue 34
Memory problems 30

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 81
0.25mg as needed 72
0.5 mg daily 39
1 mg three times daily 32
1 mg daily 27
0.25 mg daily 26
1mg as needed 22
0.5 mg twice daily 21
0.5 mg three times daily 20
1 mg twice daily 18

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 242
Other 205
Did not seem to work 151
Side effects too severe 101
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 41
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 14
See all 665 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 120
5 - 10 years 140
10 years or more 119

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 81
1 - 6 months 134
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 99
2 - 5 years 152
5 - 10 years 65
10 years or more 48
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 721
Usually 276
Sometimes 185
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 91
A little hard to take 141
Not at all hard to take 959
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 54
< $25 648
Not specified 492

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 52
Lorazepam (Ativan) 29
Diazepam (Valium) 17
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) 71
Lorazepam (Ativan) 31
Diazepam (Valium) 17
Buspirone (BuSpar) 10
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 8

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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104 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Jul 19, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have stopped using Alprazolam I BC it made me feel odd. I only used it occasionally.

  • 0 helpful marks

May 3, 2017 (Started Apr 28, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 21, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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