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 1,823 751
Panic attacks 888 384
Panic disorder 613 288
Insomnia 173 92
Generalized anxiety disorder 169 73

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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
60
Moderate
168
Mild
386
None
626

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

Show all 154 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 79
0.25mg as needed 70
0.5 mg daily 34
1 mg daily 33
1 mg three times daily 29
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 14

See all 55 dosages

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
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 111
5 - 10 years 154
10 years or more 115

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 734
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 977
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 56
< $25 660
Not specified 501

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 55
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

Aug 20, 2008 (Started Apr 09, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sedation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sedation

  • 1 helpful mark

Sep 15, 2008 (Started Jun 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sedation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This med is very addictive. Try not to use it to much only when needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sedation

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 8, 2008 (Started Oct 02, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness, problems concentrating, balance problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Don't take it if you have to drive a car or anything; it makes me really dizzy. I'm also on another medication that makes me dizzy, so I don't know how much is each medication's fault, but I noticed a strong increase in the dizziness on the day I took these pills vs my normal everyday pills of the other medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sleepiness, headaches, problems concentrating, balance problems

  • 1 helpful mark
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