Alprazolam should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the label and take it as directed. However, it is possible that your doctor may alter your dose. Always take it as directed.
Never share alprazolam with anyone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. The misuse of this drug can lead to overdose and death. It is illegal to sell or give away this medication.
To measure the amount of liquid medicine, use a syringe or a dose-measuring device.
Swallow the whole extended-release tablet without crushing, chewing, or breaking it.
Do not swallow the whole oral disintegrating tablet. Allow the oral tablet to dissolve in your mouth instead of chewing.
Alprazolam is typically taken for no longer than ten months in the case of panic disorder, and for no longer than four months in the case of anxiety disorder. Carefully follow the instructions of your doctor regarding doses.
Check with the doctor if there is no improvement in your symptoms or if they get worse.
You may have the requirement of frequent medical tests if you are using this medicine for the long term.
Do not go for a sudden stop in using this medicine, or you could face unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Consult the doctor before tapering your dose.
Keep records of all the medicines at room temperature to prevent them from getting damaged or being abused. Also, make sure that anyone using them without a prescription is aware of their safety.
Throw away the alprazolam liquid that is not in use within 90 days.
What to know before taking Alprazolam?
You should avoid taking Alprazolam if:
You also take ketoconazole or itraconazole (antifungal medicines); or
You have a past of an allergic reaction to benzodiazepine (Diazepam, Alprazolam, Ativan, lorazepam, Restoril, Klonopin, Tranxene, Restoril, Valium, Xanax, Versed, and others).
To ensure this medicine is safe for you, tell the doctor if you have ever had:
Drug or alcohol addiction;
Kidney or liver disease (alcoholic liver disease);
Mood problems, depression, or suicidal thoughts/behavior; or
Breathing problems including sleep apneas or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Tell the doctor about your pregnancy or your plan to conceive. This medicine may harm an unborn baby. Avoid using Alprazolam during the first trimester of pregnancy.
If you are using Alprazolam while you are pregnant, you may give birth to a drug-dependent baby. After the birth of the baby, it may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Babies dependent on habit-forming drugs may need medical treatment for several weeks.
You should avoid breastfeeding while using Alprazolam.
Alprazolam is not under the recommendation for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
What are the benefits of using Alprazolam?
Alprazolam helps treat panic disorders, anxiety disorders, and anxiety due to depression.
It works by enhancing the effects of natural chemicals in the body known as GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric acid).
What are the side effects of Alprazolam?
If you are experiencing allergic reactions after taking Alprazolam, then seek immediate medical attention. Some of the signs of an allergic reaction include: swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat, breathing issues, and hives.
Alprazolam can make your breath slow or stop working. It can also affect your breathing due to your use of other drugs, such as alcohol. If you have shallow or weak breathing, or if you’re unable to wake up, your attendant should seek medical attention.
Call your doctor instantly if you have:
weak or shallow breathing)
Risk-taking behavior, hallucinations)
Being agitated or talkative, racing thoughts)
Decreased need for sleep, increased energy)
Older adults are more susceptible to experiencing the effects of Alprazolam longer than younger individuals. Caution should be taken when taking this drug as it can lead to accidental falls.
Common side effects of Alprazolam may include:
Feeling lightheaded; or
It is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Take your doctor’s advice regarding side effects. Report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How does Alprazolam work?
The drug Alprazolam works by stimulating the activity of certain chemicals in the brain. These chemicals are known as gamma-aminobutyric acid.
What to avoid while using Alprazolam?
Avoid alcohol consumption. Serious side effects or death may occur.
Drinking alcohol and performing other hazardous activities should be avoided until you have more information about the effects of this medicine. Drowsiness or dizziness can lead to falls and other injuries.
Interaction of grapefruit with Alprazolam can lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid using grapefruit products.