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 1,845 764
Panic attacks 904 392
Panic disorder 627 293
Generalized anxiety disorder 173 75
Insomnia 173 92

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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
170
Mild
390
None
639

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 102
Drowsiness 96
Sedation 52
Fatigue 35
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 32

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.25mg as needed 69
0.5mg as needed 69
0.5 mg daily 38
1 mg daily 38
1 mg three times daily 30
1mg as needed 28
0.25 mg daily 25
0.5 mg three times daily 25
2 mg daily 19
1 mg twice daily 17

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 253
Other 216
Did not seem to work 158
Side effects too severe 106
Course of treatment ended 93
Personal research 42
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 16
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Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 111
5 - 10 years 155
10 years or more 132

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 90
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 100
2 - 5 years 159
5 - 10 years 73
10 years or more 54
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 748
Usually 284
Sometimes 192
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 94
A little hard to take 144
Not at all hard to take 995
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 56
< $25 671
Not specified 509

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 59
Lorazepam (Ativan) 35
Diazepam (Valium) 21
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) 81
Lorazepam (Ativan) 34
Diazepam (Valium) 17
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9

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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