Alprazolam Information - Side Effects, Drug Interactions, Conditions
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Alprazolam

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Alprazolam 1mg Tab
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: MYLAN A1 
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Alprazolam 1mg Tab
Greenstone Ltd
Pill Identification: G 3721 
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Alprazolam 2mg Tab
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: MYLAN A 4 
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Alprazolam 2mg Tab
Greenstone Ltd
Pill Identification: G 3722 
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Alprazolam 0.5mg Tab
Greenstone Ltd
Pill Identification: G 3720 
Overview Information on Alprazolam
Pharmacist Tip
Ask your doctor if it's ok to drink grapefruit juice when you are taking alprazolam.     
Alprazolam is a kind of drug called a benzodiazepine. Alprazolam is taken to treat anxiety and panic disorders, because it is thought to slow down activity in the nervous system, producing a calming effect on the brain.

Alprazolam comes as the brand names Alprazolam Intensol™, Niravam®, Xanax®, and Xanax XR. Your doctor may have you take alprazolam as a tablet, an extended-release tablet, a disintegrating tablet, or a concentrated solution. Your doctor will determine the right dose of alprazolam based on your condition and the type of alprazolam you are taking. The doctor will probably start you on a low dose of alprazolam and gradually increase your dose over time.

Make sure you only take alprazolam for only as long as your doctor tells you to. If you take alprazolam for a long period of time, you may become dependent on it. It is important to tell your doctor before you stop taking alprazolam, because if you stop taking it abruptly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.

Alprazolam may cause some side effects. You should let your doctor know if they are severe or don't go away. They may include but aren't limited to:
  • Drowsiness, light-headedness, dizziness, irritability, or fatigue
  • Headaches or difficulty concentrating
  • Talkativeness
  • Dry mouth or increased saliva production
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Constipation
  • Nausea or weight changes
  • Difficulty in urination
  • Joint pain
Let your doctor know immediately if you feel short of breath, have seizures, are hallucinating, or get a severe skin rash when taking alprazolam. The same is true if you have yellowing of your skin or eyes, feel depressed, have memory problems, are confused, have trouble speaking, feel suicidal or have other changes in mood, or have problems with coordination or balance.

If you forget a dose of alprazolam, take alprazolam as soon as you remember, unless it is time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule. Store alprazolam at room temperature, away from excess heat, light, or moisture.

Your doctor may decide to give you a lower dose of alprazolam if you are older than age 65. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines or supplements, especially St. John's wort, because they may interact with alprazolam. Your doctor may choose an alternative to alprazolam if you have glaucoma. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking alprazolam.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Alprazolam is a kind of drug called a benzodiazepine. Alprazolam is taken to treat anxiety and panic disorders, because it is thought to slow down activity in the nervous system, producing a calming effect on the brain.

Alprazolam comes as the brand names Alprazolam Intensol™, Niravam®, Xanax®, and Xanax XR. Your doctor may have you take alprazolam as a tablet, an extended-release tablet, a disintegrating tablet, or a concentrated solution. Your doctor will determine the right dose of alprazolam based on your condition and the type of alprazolam you are taking. The doctor will probably start you on a low dose of alprazolam and gradually increase your dose over time.

Make sure you only take alprazolam for only as long as your doctor tells you to. If you take alprazolam for a long period of time, you may become dependent on it. It is important to tell your doctor before you stop taking alprazolam, because if you stop taking it abruptly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.

Alprazolam may cause some side effects. You should let your doctor know if they are severe or don't go away. They may include but aren't limited to:
  • Drowsiness, light-headedness, dizziness, irritability, or fatigue
  • Headaches or difficulty concentrating
  • Talkativeness
  • Dry mouth or increased saliva production
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Constipation
  • Nausea or weight changes
  • Difficulty in urination
  • Joint pain
Let your doctor know immediately if you feel short of breath, have seizures, are hallucinating, or get a severe skin rash when taking alprazolam. The same is true if you have yellowing of your skin or eyes, feel depressed, have memory problems, are confused, have trouble speaking, feel suicidal or have other changes in mood, or have problems with coordination or balance.

If you forget a dose of alprazolam, take alprazolam as soon as you remember, unless it is time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule. Store alprazolam at room temperature, away from excess heat, light, or moisture.

Your doctor may decide to give you a lower dose of alprazolam if you are older than age 65. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines or supplements, especially St. John's wort, because they may interact with alprazolam. Your doctor may choose an alternative to alprazolam if you have glaucoma. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking alprazolam.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Alprazolam
Usage by Age
1.18%
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24.02%
20to40_base
49.73%
40to60_base
25.07%
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Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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64.65%
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male_fill_graph
35.35%
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