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What is alprazolam ?
Alprazolam oral tablet is available as a generic drug and as brand-name drugs. Brand names: Alprazolam Intensol, Xanax, and Xanax XR.
Alprazolam is used for the short-term treatment of anxiety disorders and panic disorder. Extended-release alprazolam is only used to treat panic disorder.
Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. It works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA).
This drug is used to manage anxiety disorders or panic disorder. It can be used for the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety or anxiety linked with depression. Anxiety or tension caused by the stress of everyday life usually doesn’t need to be treated with this drug.
How to use Alprazolam
Alprazolam comes as a tablet, an extended-release tablet, an orally disintegrating tablet (tablet that dissolves quickly in the mouth), and a concentrated solution (liquid) to take by mouth. The tablet, orally disintegrating tablet, and concentrated solution usually are taken two to four times a day. The extended-release tablet is taken once daily, usually in the morning. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take alprazolam exactly as directed.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment. Your dose may be gradually increased until the drug starts working well. Follow your doctor’s instructions closely to reduce the risk of side effects.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What happens if I overdose?
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, and fainting.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of alprazolam can be fatal.
When users get high on alprazolam, the short-term effects can cause them to feel completely calm, euphoric, and free from worry.
This drug works for people suffering from anxiety and panic disorders because it begins to relieve their anxious feelings and settle their minds soon after taking the medication.
Compared to other similar substances, alprazolam is known for its quick action. Its effects may be felt within 30 minutes and can last for around 6 hours. If taken in large doses, the depressant effects are stronger and may cause lapses in memory.
Using alprazolam can bring about a variety of side effects. Most alprazolam side effects are not life-threatening, but some may require medical care attention.
For more information on the possible side effects of alprazolam, or for tips on how to deal with a troubling side effect, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
The more common side effects of alprazolam oral tablets can include:
dizziness or lightheadedness
muscle weakness or lack of coordination
nausea or vomiting
weight loss or gain
increased or decreased appetite
loss of interest in sex
thoughts of suicide
uncontrolled muscle movements
Urinating less than usual or not at all
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.