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What is Alprazolam?

Alprazolam is a prescription drug that helps treat anxiety disorders. It belongs to a drug class called benzodiazepines. It works in the brain by increasing the activity of certain neurotransmitters.

Alprazolam also helps treat panic disorders and anxiety caused by depression. You can order alprazolam online with a prescription.

Important Information

Alprazolam can cause your breathing to slow or stop, especially if you have recently used an opioid medication, alcohol, or other drugs that cause your breathing to slow.

Do not use alprazolam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, if you also take itraconazole or ketoconazole, or if you are allergic to alprazolam or similar medicines.

If you are pregnant, do not take alprazolam. This medication has the potential to cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in newborns.

Alprazolam may be habit-forming. Do not use this drug without a prescription. Keep the medication in a safe place where others will not be able to access it. Misuse may lead to addiction, overdose, and death.

If you combine alprazolam with alcohol, opioid medication, or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing, fatal side effects can occur.

What to know before taking alprazolam?

Do not take alprazolam if:

  • you also use itraconazole or ketoconazole (antifungal medicines)
  • you had an allergic reaction to any benzodiazepine (alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Tranxene, Valium, Versed, Xanax, and others) in the past

To make sure alprazolam is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • breathing problems such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or sleep apnea (breathing that stops during sleep);
  • drug or alcohol addiction
  • depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • kidney or liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease)

You must inform your doctor if you have become pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Alprazolam may be harmful to an unborn baby. Avoid taking this medication during the first trimester of pregnancy.

If you use alprazolam while pregnant, your baby may become dependent on the drug. This can lead to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after birth. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may require medical attention for several weeks.

You should not breastfeed while taking alprazolam.

How to take alprazolam?

Take alprazolam as prescribed by your doctor. Read all medication guides and follow the directions on your prescription label. Never take more alprazolam than prescribed or for a longer period of time. Inform your doctor if you have an increased desire to use this medication. You can easily order alprazolam online from an online pharmacy.

Carefully measure liquid medication. Use the provided dosing syringe or a medicine dose-measuring device.

Swallow the extended-release tablet whole without crushing, chewing, or breaking it.

Do not swallow the orally disintegrating tablets as a whole. Allow it to dissolve without chewing in your mouth.

Alprazolam is typically prescribed for no more than four months to treat anxiety disorders and for no more than ten weeks to treat panic disorders. Pay close attention to your doctor’s dosing instructions.

Contact your doctor if the symptoms get worse.

You may need to have frequent medical tests if you take this medicine for a long time.

If you suddenly stop taking this medicine, you may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. To taper your dose, follow your doctor’s instructions.

Store away from moisture, heat, and light at room temperature. Keep track of the medicines you are taking. If someone is using it improperly or without a prescription, you should be aware.

Discard any alprazolam liquid not used within 90 days.

Alprazolam dosage

Adult Dose for Anxiety:

Immediate-release tablets/orally disintegrating tablets:

Take 0.25 to 0.5 mg orally three times a day.

The maximum dose is 4 mg per day.

Adult Dose for Panic Disorder:

Immediate-release tablets/orally disintegrating tablets:

Take 0.5 mg three times a day orally.

The maximum dose is 10 mg per day.

Extended-release tablets:

The initial dose is 0.5 mg to 1 mg once a day orally.

The maintenance dose is 3 to 6 mg orally daily, preferably in the morning.

The maximum daily dose is 10 mg per day.

Overdose

An alprazolam overdose can be fatal.

Extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, and fainting are all possible overdose symptoms.

What to avoid while using alprazolam?

Avoid drinking alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death could occur.

If you do not know how alprazolam will affect you, do not drive or do anything risky. Falls, accidents, and severe injuries can all result from dizziness or drowsiness.

Grapefruit may cause unwanted side effects when combined with alprazolam. Avoid using grapefruit juice while using alprazolam.

Alprazolam side effects

Alprazolam can cause your breathing to slow or stop, especially if you have recently used an opioid medication, alcohol, or other drugs that cause your breathing to slow.

Common side effects of alprazolam may include:

  • drowsiness
  • feeling light-headed

Serious side effects

  • double vision
  • increased energy, decreased need for sleep
  • weak or shallow breathing
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
  • hallucinations, risk-taking behavior
  • a seizure
  • racing thoughts, being agitated or talkative
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

Alprazolam’s sedative effects may last longer in older adults. Elderly patients taking benzodiazepines are at a higher risk of falling. To avoid falling or sustaining an injury, exercise caution.

What drugs can interact with alprazolam?

These drugs can have dangerous side effects when combined with Xanax. The following are some examples of these drugs:

Hydrocodone and oxycodone are examples of opioids. When you combine alprazolam with an opioid, you run the risk of experiencing extreme sleepiness, respiratory depression, coma, and even death.

Antifungals like itraconazole and ketoconazole are two examples. These drugs can cause drowsiness when combined with Xanax.

Taking alprazolam with certain medications raises your risk for side effects from those drugs. If you take one of these drugs with alprazolam, you may have increased drowsiness. These drugs include:

  • barbiturates, including amobarbital, butabarbital, pentobarbital
  • sedatives or hypnotics, such as eszopiclone, zaleplon, zolpidem
  • anxiolytics, such as clonazepam, lorazepam, temazepam
  • narcotic analgesics, such as morphine, oxycodone
  • sedative antihistamines, such as brompheniramine, chlorpheniramine, dimenhydrinate, diphenhydramine, doxylamine
  • anesthetics, such as etomidate, propofol, ketamine
  • antidepressants, such as fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, nefazodone
  • antacids, such as cimetidine