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 1,771 719
Panic attacks 847 362
panic disorder 587 271
Insomnia 171 90
generalized anxiety disorder 161 66
Sleep problems 86 24

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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 60
Moderate 154
Mild 366
None 609

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 100
Drowsiness 85
Sedation 52
Problems concentrating 37
Fatigue 33
Memory problems 28

Show all 148 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.25mg as needed 74
0.5mg as needed 73
0.5 mg daily 42
1 mg three times daily 33
1 mg daily 31
0.25 mg daily 26
1mg as needed 25
1 mg twice daily 24
0.5 mg three times daily 22
0.5 mg twice daily 19

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 236
Other 203
Did not seem to work 148
Side effects too severe 97
Course of treatment ended 88
Personal research 41
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 15
See all 652 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 31
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 68
2 - 5 years 102
5 - 10 years 143
10 years or more 117

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 78
1 - 6 months 136
6 months - 1 year 97
1 - 2 years 98
2 - 5 years 145
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 47
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 708
Usually 269
Sometimes 178
Never taken as prescribed 34
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 91
A little hard to take 136
Not at all hard to take 936
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 53
< $25 633
Not specified 480

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 47
Lorazepam (Ativan) 25
Diazepam (Valium) 17
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) 64
Lorazepam (Ativan) 26
Diazepam (Valium) 15
Buspirone (BuSpar) 10
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 8

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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103 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Mamaw5
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Mamaw5
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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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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