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 1,741 699
Panic attacks 820 349
Panic Disorder 558 259
Insomnia 171 89
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 143 58
Sleep problems 86 24

Show all 251 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 59
Moderate 154
Mild 347
None 588

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 94
Drowsiness 81
Sedation 51
Problems concentrating 37
Fatigue 30
Memory problems 28

Show all 143 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 59
0.25mg as needed 57
0.5 mg daily 41
1 mg daily 24
1 mg twice daily 24
1mg as needed 23
0.25 mg daily 22
1 mg three times daily 21
0.5 mg twice daily 19
0.5 mg three times daily 19

See all 56 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 229
Other 201
Did not seem to work 149
Side effects too severe 95
Course of treatment ended 84
Personal research 41
Expense 15
Change in health plan coverage 13
See all 638 patients who’ve stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 57
2 - 5 years 111
5 - 10 years 125
10 years or more 86

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 77
1 - 6 months 133
6 months - 1 year 96
1 - 2 years 96
2 - 5 years 140
5 - 10 years 63
10 years or more 46
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 682
Usually 270
Sometimes 164
Never taken as prescribed 32
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 88
A little hard to take 133
Not at all hard to take 901
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 4
$50-99 16
$25-49 50
< $25 613
Not specified 463

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 44
Lorazepam (Ativan) 23
Diazepam (Valium) 14
Buspirone (BuSpar) 4
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 4

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 63
Lorazepam (Ativan) 25
Diazepam (Valium) 15
Buspirone (BuSpar) 10
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 6

Show all 25 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: 1 star
  • 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: 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

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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