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 1,676 646
Panic attacks 765 308
Panic Disorder 499 212
Insomnia 170 88
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 122 49
Sleep problems 86 24

Show all 244 reasons taken


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  • 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 143
Mild 321
None 528

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 83
Drowsiness 75
Sedation 51
Problems concentrating 36
Memory problems 27
Fatigue 24

Show all 141 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 51
0.25mg as needed 43
0.5 mg daily 27
1 mg daily 25
1mg as needed 21
0.5 mg three times daily 19
2 mg daily 19
0.25 mg daily 13
1 mg twice daily 13
0.5 mg twice daily 12

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 214
Other 195
Did not seem to work 139
Side effects too severe 88
Course of treatment ended 83
Personal research 38
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 13
See all 607 patients who’ve stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 86
5 - 10 years 103
10 years or more 65

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 71
1 - 6 months 130
6 months - 1 year 92
1 - 2 years 93
2 - 5 years 133
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 626
Usually 252
Sometimes 141
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 75
A little hard to take 127
Not at all hard to take 822
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 4
$50-99 16
$25-49 41
< $25 566
Not specified 418

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 33
Lorazepam (Ativan) 18
Diazepam (Valium) 10
Buspirone (BuSpar) 3
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 47
Lorazepam (Ativan) 20
Diazepam (Valium) 14
Buspirone (BuSpar) 8
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 5

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

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103 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)

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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

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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: 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
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

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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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