Generic Name: alprazolam
Brand Names:Niravam, Xanax

What is Alprazolam?

Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine. It is most commonly used in short term management of anxiety disorders, specifically panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder mostly caused by depression.  It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety.

Alprazolam is also an oral prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorder.

Important Information About Alprazolam

You should not take alprazolam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, or if you are allergic to alprazolam or similar medicines.

Do not use alprazolam if you are pregnant. This medicine can cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.

Alprazolam may be habit-forming if you take it more than what is prescribed to you by your doctor. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death.

Do not drink alcohol while taking alprazolam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol

How to take alprazolam?

Take alprazolam exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your symptoms.

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

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.

Do not stop using alprazolam suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using alprazolam.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Call your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your panic or anxiety symptoms.

What happens if you miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call your doctor immediately. An overdose of alprazolam can be fatal. Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, and fainting.

Alprazolam side effects

  • depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
  • racing thoughts, increased energy, unusual risk-taking behavior;
  • confusion, agitation, hostility, hallucinations;
  • uncontrolled muscle movements, tremor, seizure (convulsions); or
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest.

Common alprazolam side effects may include:

  • drowsiness, feeling tired;
  • slurred speech, lack of balance or coordination;
  • memory problems; or
  • feeling anxious early in the morning.