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 1,854 776
Panic attacks 910 399
Panic disorder 629 300
Generalized anxiety disorder 176 76
Insomnia 171 91

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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 61
Moderate 171
Mild 397
None 647

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 103
Drowsiness 97
Sedation 52
Fatigue 35
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 31

Show all 157 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 67
0.25mg as needed 58
1 mg daily 34
0.5 mg daily 33
1 mg three times daily 29
0.25 mg daily 26
1mg as needed 24
0.5 mg three times daily 20
2 mg daily 18
0.5 mg twice daily 16

See all 61 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 259
Other 220
Did not seem to work 164
Side effects too severe 109
Course of treatment ended 94
Personal research 43
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 719 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 99
5 - 10 years 146
10 years or more 137

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 92
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 104
1 - 2 years 103
2 - 5 years 162
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 56
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 758
Usually 290
Sometimes 192
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 145
Not at all hard to take 1011
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 57
< $25 678
Not specified 518

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 61
Lorazepam (Ativan) 37
Diazepam (Valium) 21
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) 84
Lorazepam (Ativan) 36
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 10

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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105 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Jan 1, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2017 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: After such a long time on this drug I have developed a tolerance to it and no longer works for me. So, I am tapering off it to an eve tuner stop altogether.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 25, 2012 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 10, 2012 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Just be cautious not to exceed the dosages since this can be addictive.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 19, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have stopped using Alprazolam I BC it made me feel odd. I only used it occasionally.

  • 0 helpful marks
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