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 1,863 782
Panic attacks 914 397
Panic disorder 630 297
Generalized anxiety disorder 178 77
Insomnia 171 91

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 61
Moderate 174
Mild 398
None 647

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 103
Drowsiness 99
Sedation 52
Fatigue 36
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 30

Show all 142 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 60
0.25mg as needed 55
0.5 mg daily 31
1 mg daily 28
1mg as needed 26
0.25 mg daily 24
1 mg three times daily 23
0.5 mg three times daily 17
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 261
Other 222
Did not seem to work 164
Side effects too severe 110
Course of treatment ended 95
Personal research 44
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 725 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 92
5 - 10 years 128
10 years or more 135

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 164
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 57
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 759
Usually 291
Sometimes 193
Never taken as prescribed 37
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 145
Not at all hard to take 1014
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 54
< $25 683
Not specified 520

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 63
Lorazepam (Ativan) 38
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Buspirone (BuSpar) 6
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) 37
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

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (overwhelming fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 7, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: none

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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