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 1,824 752
Panic attacks 890 385
Panic disorder 614 289
Insomnia 173 92
Generalized anxiety disorder 170 73

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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
168
Mild
386
None
627

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 102
Drowsiness 94
Sedation 52
Problems concentrating 35
Fatigue 34
Memory problems 31

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 76
0.25mg as needed 69
0.5 mg daily 35
1 mg daily 32
1 mg three times daily 28
1mg as needed 25
0.25 mg daily 24
0.5 mg twice daily 23
0.5 mg three times daily 16
2 mg daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 245
Other 211
Did not seem to work 155
Side effects too severe 105
Course of treatment ended 90
Personal research 42
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 15
See all 682 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 113
5 - 10 years 154
10 years or more 116

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 82
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 102
1 - 2 years 99
2 - 5 years 155
5 - 10 years 69
10 years or more 51
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 735
Usually 280
Sometimes 191
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 94
A little hard to take 143
Not at all hard to take 978
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 56
< $25 661
Not specified 501

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 56
Lorazepam (Ativan) 34
Diazepam (Valium) 20
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) 78
Lorazepam (Ativan) 33
Diazepam (Valium) 17
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 8

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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