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 1,817 752
Panic attacks 885 383
Panic disorder 611 288
Insomnia 173 92
Generalized anxiety disorder 169 73

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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 167
Mild 385
None 627

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 102
Drowsiness 93
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 75
0.25mg as needed 67
0.5 mg daily 32
1 mg daily 27
1mg as needed 27
0.5 mg twice daily 26
1 mg three times daily 26
0.25 mg daily 18
0.5 mg three times daily 17
2 mg daily 17

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 247
Other 211
Did not seem to work 155
Side effects too severe 105
Course of treatment ended 90
Personal research 42
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 15
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Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 113
5 - 10 years 146
10 years or more 107

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 82
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 102
1 - 2 years 99
2 - 5 years 156
5 - 10 years 69
10 years or more 51
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 735
Usually 279
Sometimes 190
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 93
A little hard to take 143
Not at all hard to take 977
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 56
< $25 660
Not specified 500

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 54
Lorazepam (Ativan) 33
Diazepam (Valium) 19
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) 78
Lorazepam (Ativan) 32
Diazepam (Valium) 16
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9

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

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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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