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 1,808 744
Panic attacks 883 383
Panic disorder 604 285
Insomnia 173 92
Generalized anxiety disorder 168 72

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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 164
Mild 383
None 622

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 102
Drowsiness 90
Sedation 52
Problems concentrating 35
Fatigue 34
Memory problems 31

Show all 154 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 76
0.25mg as needed 72
0.5 mg daily 33
1 mg three times daily 30
1 mg daily 24
0.25 mg daily 23
0.5 mg twice daily 22
0.5 mg three times daily 19
1mg as needed 17
0.25 mg three times daily 14

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 244
Other 209
Did not seem to work 154
Side effects too severe 103
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 41
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 14
See all 674 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 42
2 - 5 years 117
5 - 10 years 136
10 years or more 106

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 81
1 - 6 months 135
6 months - 1 year 101
1 - 2 years 99
2 - 5 years 153
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 51
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 728
Usually 278
Sometimes 189
Never taken as prescribed 34
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 92
A little hard to take 142
Not at all hard to take 969
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 54
< $25 655
Not specified 497

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 53
Lorazepam (Ativan) 30
Diazepam (Valium) 18
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) 76
Lorazepam (Ativan) 31
Diazepam (Valium) 17
Buspirone (BuSpar) 10
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9

Show all 30 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
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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