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 1,791 733
Panic attacks 866 378
Panic disorder 596 279
Insomnia 172 92
Generalized anxiety disorder 166 70
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 159
Mild 378
None 615

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 101
Drowsiness 86
Sedation 52
Problems concentrating 37
Fatigue 34
Memory problems 29

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 79
0.25mg as needed 75
0.5 mg daily 38
1 mg three times daily 37
1 mg daily 29
0.25 mg daily 24
0.5 mg twice daily 23
0.5 mg three times daily 23
1mg as needed 23
1 mg twice daily 18

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 241
Other 206
Did not seem to work 150
Side effects too severe 100
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 41
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 14
See all 663 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 55
2 - 5 years 120
5 - 10 years 140
10 years or more 120

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 80
1 - 6 months 135
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 98
2 - 5 years 150
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 48
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 719
Usually 273
Sometimes 185
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 91
A little hard to take 140
Not at all hard to take 955
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 54
< $25 647
Not specified 488

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 50
Lorazepam (Ativan) 28
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) 68
Lorazepam (Ativan) 30
Diazepam (Valium) 16
Buspirone (BuSpar) 10
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 8

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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104 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

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

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

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
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