What is Alprazolam used for ?
Alprazolam is a drug that belongs to the group of medicines called benzodiazepines. These drugs affect chemical activity in the brain to promote sleep and to reduce anxiety and worry. Alprazolam is only used to treat severe anxiety and severe anxiety associated with depression.
Alprazolam is not recommended for the treatment of depression. This drug should only be used for short-term treatment of anxiety. The overall duration of treatment should exceed 12 weeks including a period where the dose is gradually reduced.
Do not take Alprazolam if you
Are allergic to alprazolam or other similar benzodiazepine medicines, or to any of the other ingredients Suffer from a disease called ‘myasthenia gravis’ Have severe chest problems or breathing difficulties (e.g. chronic bronchitis or emphysema) Have severe liver problems Have ‘sleep apnea’ - a condition where your breathing becomes irregular, even stopping for short intervals, while you are asleep Are Pregnant or might become pregnant or are breast-feeding
Things to Tell Your Doctor. If you
Have ever felt so depressed that you have thought about taking your own life. Have ever suffered any mental illness that requires hospital treatment. Are under 18 years old. Have problems with your lungs, kidneys or liver. Have abused drugs or alcohol in the past or find it difficult to stop taking medicines, drinking or taking drugs.
What to do if you missed a Dose ?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is time for your next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Most common side effects
Change in appetite (feelings of hunger) Unsteadiness Slurred speech Increased saliva production Difficulty in focusing Drowsiness and feeling lightheaded For complete list of side effect please see the side effects tab.