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Alprazolam Brand And Generic Names

What is Alprazolam?


Alprazolam medication makes part of a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Administration of Alprazolam diminishes chemical activity in the patient’s brain.
Alprazolam medication is topically used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety associated with depression.

Important information


In case you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should not use this medication as it may have harmful effects on the unborn baby.
Avoid using Alprazolam if you have a history with allergic reactions to this medication or any other benzodiazepines, such as:

  • Librium – active ingredient chlordiazepoxide
  • Tranxene– active ingredient clorazepate
  • Valium– active ingredient diazepam
  • Ativan– active ingredient lorazepam
  • Serax– active ingredient oxazepam

It is important to notify your health care provider of acute asthma or other breathing issues, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease or if you have a history of alcoholism, or a history of depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Under no condition you should be drinking alcohol while administrating Alprazolam as it may intensify the state of drunkenness.
Note! Alprazolam medication should be used only if prescribed as it makes part of habit-forming drugs category. Make sure to store the medication in a secure place and do not share it with other people as it is being illegal.

Important information before taking Alprazolam


Alprazolam medication is to be taken only if prescribed. Purchases made without a valid prescription issued by a health care provider are considered illegal and dangerous as medications bought from third-party vendors may contain dangerous ingredients.
Do not take Alprazolam if any of the below mentioned conditions apply to you:

  • Narrow-angle glaucoma
  • if you are also taking itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral); or
  • You have a history with allergic reactions to:

- Alprazolam
- Librium – active ingredient chlordiazepoxide
- Tranxene – active ingredient clorazepate
- Valium – active ingredient diazepam
- Ativan – active ingredient lorazepam
- Serax – active ingredient oxazepam

  • Asthma emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Other breathing related issues
  • Glaucoma
  • Kidney or liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease);
  • You have a history of depression or suicidal thoughts
  • You have a history of drug addiction or alcoholism

Do not take Alprazolam if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant as may have harmful effects on the unborn baby. Take special precautions while administrating Alprazolam, it may easily pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Under no conditions you should breast-feed if taking Alprazolam medication.

How to use Alprazolam?


It is important to strictly follow the prescription issued by your health care provider. Make sure no to take extra amounts of this medication or for a longer period of time rather than the one specified in the prescription.
When taking Alprazolam make sure not to crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet, swallow the pill entirely. Altering the pill will cause too much of the drug to be released at once.
If administrating Alprazolam disintegrating tablets make sure not to swallow the whole tablet, but let it dissolve in your mouth first without chewing.

Alprazolam Precautions


Alprazolam medication may affect your thinking or/and reactions. Special precautions should be taken while driving or handling machinery while using this medication.
Under no condition you should be drinking alcohol during the treatment.
Note that grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Alprazolam medication and lead to unwanted side effects. It is highly important to check with your health care provider for possible risks of grapefruit products usage while administrating Alprazolam.

Side effect of Alprazolam


Allergic reactions to Alprazolam include:

  • Hives
  • Difficulties with breathing
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Severe side effects that may occur while taking Alprazolam medication are:

  • Depressed mood
  • Suicide thoughts
  • Unusual risk-taking behavior
  • Decreased inhibitions
  • Lack of sense of  fear of danger
  • Confusion
  • Hyperactivity
  • Agitation
  • Hostility
  • Hallucinations
  • Decreased urination or its complete lack
  • Chest pain
  • Striking heartbeats
  • Fluttering in your chest
  • Uncontrolled muscle movements
  • Tremor
  • Seizure
  • Jaundice

Common side effects that may occur while taking Alprazolam medication are:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Memory related issues
  • Insomnia
  • Swelling in your hands or feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lack of balance or coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Sever diarrhea
  • Increased sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Stuffy nose
  • Bad appetite
  • Unconditional weight changes
  • Loss of sexual desire

Seek medical assistance immediately in case any of the above common or severe side effects or allergic reactions persist.

Alprazolam dosing information

  • Alprazolam dosage to treat Anxiety (Adults):

If using immediate-release tablets, orally disintegrating tablets:
Initial dose: 0.25 to 0.5 mg to be taken orally 3 times per day
Maintenance dose: Up to maximum dose of 4 mg divided in equal doses daily

  • Alprazolam dosage to treat Panic Disorder (Adults):

If using immediate-release tablets, orally disintegrating tablets:
Initial dose: 0.5 mg to be taken orally 3 times per day
Maintenance dose: 1 to 10 mg divided in equal doses daily
Mean dose employed: 5 to 6 mg divided in equal doses daily

If using extended-release tablets:
Initial dose: 0.5 to 1 mg to be taken once a day
Maintenance dose: 1 to 10 mg to be taken once a day
Mean dose employed: 3 to 6 mg to be taken once a day

  • Alprazolam dosage to treat Depression (Adults):

If using immediate-release tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, oral concentrate:
Initial dose: 0.5 mg to be taken orally 3 times per day
Average Dose: 3 mg orally divided in equal doses daily
Maximum Dose: maximum up to 4.5 mg orally divided in equal doses daily

  • Alprazolam dosage to treat Anxiety (Geriatric):

If using immediate-release tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, oral concentrate:
Initial dose: 0.25 mg to be taken orally 2 to 3 times a day in elderly or debilitated patients

  • Alprazolam dosage to treat Depression (Geriatric):

If using immediate-release tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, oral concentrate:
Initial dose: 0.25 mg orally 2 to 3 times a day in elderly or debilitated patients

  • Alprazolam dosage to treat Panic Disorder (Geriatric):

If using immediate-release tablets, orally disintegrating tablets:
Initial dose: 0.25 mg to be taken orally 2 to 3 times a day in elderly or debilitated patients

If using extended-release tablets:
Initial dose: 0.5 mg to be taken once a day preferably in the morning

Alprazolam drugs interaction information


It is highly recommended to inform your healing doctor in case you are administrating any other medications, herbal medicines and / or food supplement prior to starting to take Alprazolam.
Drugs that may interact with Alprazolam are:

  • Birth control pills
  • Tagamet – active ingredient cimetidine
  • Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune – active ingredient cyclosporine
  • Cortastat, Dexasone, Solurex, DexPak – active ingredient dexamethasone
  • Cafergot, Ergomar, Migergot – active ingredient ergotamine
  • Gleevec – active ingredient imatinib
  • Isoniazid
  • St. John's wort
  • Antibiotic such as:

- Biaxin – active ingredient clarithromycin
- E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole – active ingredient erythromycin
- Mycobutin – active ingredient rifabutin
- Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate – active ingredient rifampin
- Priftin – active ingredient rifapentine
- Ketek – active ingredient telithromycin

  • Antifungal medication such as:

- Oravig - active ingredient miconazole
- Vfend - active ingredient voriconazole

  • Aantidepressants such as:

- Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax – active ingredient fluoxetine
- Luvox – active ingredient fluvoxamine
- Norpramin – active ingredient desipramine
- Janimine, Tofranil – active ingredient imipramine
- nefazodone;

  • Barbiturates such as:

- Butisol – active ingredient butabarbital
- Seconal – active ingredient secobarbital
- Nembutal – active ingredient pentobarbital
- Solfoton – active ingredient phenobarbital

  • Heart or blood pressure medication such as:

- Cordarone, Pacerone – active ingredient amiodarone
- Tiazac, Cartia, Cardizem – active ingredient diltiazem
- Cardene – active ingredient nicardipine
- Nifedical, Procardia – active ingredient nifedipine
- Quin-G – active ingredient quinidine

  • HIV/AIDS medicine such as:

- Reyataz – active ingredient atazanavir
- Rescriptor – active ingredient delavirdine
- Sustiva, Atripla – active ingredient efavirenz
- Intelence – active ingredient etravirine
- Crixivan – active ingredient indinavir
- Viracept – active ingredient nelfinavir
- Viramune – active ingredient nevirapine
- Invirase  – active ingredient saquinavir
- Norvir, Kaletra – active ingredient ritonavir

  • Seizure treatment medication such as:

- Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol – active ingredient carbamazepine
- Felbatol – active ingredient felbamate
- Trileptal – active ingredient oxcarbazepine
- Dilantin – active ingredient phenytoin
- Mysoline – active ingredient primidone
Do not start taking any medications if you are already administrating Alprazolam without consulting your healing doctor. Dosage adjustments might be required first.
MISSED DOSE
In case of a missed dose it is recommended to administer it as soon as you recall to. However, in case it is almost time for the next dose, skip the previous one and continue taking this medication accordingly to the regular schedule prescribed by your healing doctor. Under no conditions you should take an extra dose to fulfill the missed one.

Alprazolam Overdose:


In case an overdose of Alprazolam medication is suspected it is important to contact your health care provider to seek medical assistance immediately.
Symptoms of overdose by Alprazolam may be as following:

  • Severe drowsiness
  • Slowed/reduced reflexes
  • Difficulties with breathing
  • Loss of consciousness

How to store Alprazolam?


Alprazolam medication should be stored at a room temperature away from direct light and moisture. It is highly recommended not to keep this medication is the bathroom. Keep Alprazolam out of reach of children and away from pets.

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