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 1,854 776
Panic attacks 911 399
Panic disorder 629 300
Generalized anxiety disorder 176 76
Insomnia 171 91

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 61
Moderate 171
Mild 397
None 647

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 103
Drowsiness 97
Sedation 52
Fatigue 35
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 31

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 66
0.25mg as needed 59
1 mg daily 38
0.5 mg daily 32
0.25 mg daily 26
1 mg three times daily 25
1mg as needed 25
0.5 mg three times daily 19
0.5 mg twice daily 16
2 mg daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 259
Other 220
Did not seem to work 164
Side effects too severe 109
Course of treatment ended 94
Personal research 43
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 719 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 146
10 years or more 137

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 92
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 104
1 - 2 years 103
2 - 5 years 162
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 56
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 758
Usually 290
Sometimes 192
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 145
Not at all hard to take 1011
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 57
< $25 678
Not specified 518

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 61
Lorazepam (Ativan) 38
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) 84
Lorazepam (Ativan) 36
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 10

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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105 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

Nov 10, 2008 (Started Nov 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (anger and irritability between doses, sleepiness, memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: problems concentrating, anger and irritability between doses, sleepiness, memory problems

  • 1 helpful mark

Mar 1, 2012 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (drowsiness, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: this was just too dangerous driving for my job. My Pdoc worked with me to find other strategies for anxiety and stress relief rather than taking a benzo. We are making progress on reducing my symptoms with meditation, relaxation, visualization, journal writing, breathing, etc.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Oct 25, 2010 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: is effective if I take it everyday. If taken occasionally it causes drowsiness. Addiction danger for me. Only use occasionally as needed. Usually in anticipation of a stressful situation
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Dec 3, 2009 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Rather than take 1mg daily, I took these as needed. 1-3x's a day on severe anxiety days. Then many days I have none. That helps my concern re:addiction, as that is an issue with me. An unexpected benefit was a general feeling of well being after anxiety was diminishing. I am suspicious of depression being a reaction after several days in a row of Xanax and then none for a day...would leave me feeling down...probably a little withdrawel effect rather than Xanax triggering a depressive episode? This med worked wonders for the physical symptoms: sick stomach, shakes, inside quivers, sweating, and then I noticed a quiet feeling...didn't feel so uncomfortable in my own skin. The drowsies stopped after just a few uses.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

  • 1 helpful mark
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