What is Alprazolam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 1,691 659
Panic attacks 778 319
Panic Disorder 516 225
Insomnia 170 88
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 125 50
Sleep problems 86 24

Show all 243 reasons taken


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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 55
Moderate 145
Mild 324
None 550

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 83
Drowsiness 76
Sedation 51
Problems concentrating 36
Fatigue 27
Memory problems 27

Show all 139 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 46
0.25mg as needed 43
0.5 mg daily 31
1mg as needed 21
1 mg daily 19
0.5 mg three times daily 19
0.25 mg daily 18
0.5 mg twice daily 16
1 mg twice daily 14
2 mg daily 14

See all 53 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 220
Other 196
Did not seem to work 141
Side effects too severe 91
Course of treatment ended 83
Personal research 38
Expense 14
Change in health plan coverage 13
See all 616 patients who’ve stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 94
5 - 10 years 102
10 years or more 71

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 76
1 - 6 months 131
6 months - 1 year 92
1 - 2 years 93
2 - 5 years 134
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 44
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 643
Usually 257
Sometimes 145
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 80
A little hard to take 127
Not at all hard to take 844
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 4
$50-99 16
$25-49 45
< $25 576
Not specified 431

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 38
Lorazepam (Ativan) 20
Diazepam (Valium) 11
Buspirone (BuSpar) 4
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 52
Lorazepam (Ativan) 21
Diazepam (Valium) 14
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 5

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching to

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102 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

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25yrRA
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25yrRA
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 55
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See 25yrRA's full Alprazolam history

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

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Samnpolly
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Samnpolly
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 42
Condition: TBI
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
TBI

See Samnpolly's full Alprazolam history

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
Peet
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Peet
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

See Peet's full Alprazolam history

Feb 10, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: I suffer from anxiety attacks, and this medicine usually stops them within 5 minutes. It is also of great help when I am in an uncomfortable social situation.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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