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 1,763 714
Panic attacks 838 359
Panic Disorder 577 270
Insomnia 170 89
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 156 63
Sleep problems 86 24

Show all 254 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 59
Moderate 155
Mild 359
None 605

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 98
Drowsiness 82
Sedation 52
Problems concentrating 37
Fatigue 33
Memory problems 28

Show all 147 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.25mg as needed 67
0.5mg as needed 66
0.5 mg daily 46
1 mg three times daily 31
1 mg daily 29
1 mg twice daily 26
0.25 mg daily 25
1mg as needed 25
0.5 mg three times daily 23
0.5 mg twice daily 20

See all 55 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 234
Other 202
Did not seem to work 149
Side effects too severe 95
Course of treatment ended 87
Personal research 41
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 15
See all 648 patients who’ve stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 39
1 - 2 years 62
2 - 5 years 110
5 - 10 years 136
10 years or more 109

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 78
1 - 6 months 135
6 months - 1 year 96
1 - 2 years 97
2 - 5 years 144
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 47
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 700
Usually 269
Sometimes 176
Never taken as prescribed 33
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 90
A little hard to take 133
Not at all hard to take 929
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 52
< $25 629
Not specified 474

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 46
Lorazepam (Ativan) 24
Diazepam (Valium) 15
Buspirone (BuSpar) 5
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 4

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 64
Lorazepam (Ativan) 25
Diazepam (Valium) 15
Buspirone (BuSpar) 10
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 7

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching to

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103 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

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Mamaw5
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Mamaw5
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Mamaw5's full Alprazolam history

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
25yrRA
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25yrRA
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 55
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Aug 21, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Samnpolly
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Samnpolly
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 42
Condition: TBI 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vg
I have:
TBI

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May 21, 2016 (Started Dec 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: After being prayed for, and physically and mentally healed at church, I no longer take any brain meds at all. My wife and I can really tell a difference!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 12, 2016 (Started Dec 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Pray about your condition. God heals!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 27, 2016 (Started Dec 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 2, 2015 (Started Dec 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I use a weekly dosage container, and am able to stick with recommended dosages.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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