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 1,853 770
Panic attacks 909 397
Panic disorder 628 298
Generalized anxiety disorder 175 75
Insomnia 173 92

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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 61
Moderate 171
Mild 395
None 641

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 102
Drowsiness 97
Sedation 52
Fatigue 35
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 31

Show all 157 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 67
0.25mg as needed 63
1 mg daily 36
0.5 mg daily 34
0.25 mg daily 28
1 mg three times daily 28
1mg as needed 28
0.5 mg twice daily 19
0.5 mg three times daily 19
1 mg twice daily 18

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 257
Other 217
Did not seem to work 163
Side effects too severe 110
Course of treatment ended 93
Personal research 42
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 16
See all 711 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 47
2 - 5 years 101
5 - 10 years 151
10 years or more 142

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 91
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 102
1 - 2 years 103
2 - 5 years 161
5 - 10 years 73
10 years or more 56
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 753
Usually 287
Sometimes 192
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 145
Not at all hard to take 1003
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 56
< $25 676
Not specified 513

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 60
Lorazepam (Ativan) 37
Diazepam (Valium) 22
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) 83
Lorazepam (Ativan) 34
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 10

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching to

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104 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Dec 1, 2017 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: After such a long time on this drug I have developed a tolerance to it and no longer works for me. So, I am tapering off it to an eve tuner stop altogether.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 25, 2012 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

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

Mar 10, 2012 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Just be cautious not to exceed the dosages since this can be addictive.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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