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Alprazolam MedlinePlus Drug Information


7.23.2018 | Jack Bargeman

http://www.upandaway.org. It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediay place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach.

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. The tablet, orally disintegrating tablet, and concentrated solution usually are taken two to four times a day. Take alprazolam exactly as directed. 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.

Generic alternatives may be available. ¶ This branded product is no longer on the market.

Keep all appointments with your doctor.

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Alprazolam MedlinePlus Drug Information

Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Discard any cotton in the bottle containing orally disintegrating tablets and close the bottle tightly.

Prescriptions may be refilled only a limited number of times; ask your pharmacist if you have any questions. Alprazolam is a controlled substance. Do not let anyone else take your medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online ( http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch ) or by phone.

Do not store for future use. To take the concentrated liquid, use only the dropper that came with your prescription. Squeeze the dropper contents into a liquid or semisolid food such as water, juice, soda, applesauce, or pudding. Stir the liquid or food gently for a few seconds. Draw into the dropper the amount prescribed for one dose. The concentrated liquid will blend compley with the food. Drink or eat the entire mixture immediay.

The tablet will dissolve and can be swallowed with saliva. With dry hands, open the bottle, remove the tablet, and immediay place it on your tongue. The orally disintegrating tablet can be taken with or without water. Remove the orally disintegrating tablet from the bottle just before it is time for your dose.

If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911. In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at.

However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website ( http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p ) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program. Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community.

Alprazolam is also sometimes used to treat depression, fear of open spaces (agoraphobia), and premenstrual syndrome. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.

AHFS Patient Medication Information., 2017. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc., 4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900, Bethesda, Maryland. Duplication for commercial use must be authorized by ASHP.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

If you suddenly stop taking alprazolam you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as seizures; shaking of a part of your body that you cannot control; headache; blurred vision; increased sensitivity to noise or light; change in sense of smell; sweating; difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; difficulty concentrating; nervousness; depression; irritability; aggressive behavior; muscle twitching or cramps; diarrhea; vomiting; pain, burning, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet; a decrease in appetite; or weight loss. Do not stop taking alprazolam or decrease your dose without talking to your doctor. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer period of time than prescribed by your doctor. Alprazolam can be habit-forming.

Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. 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.

It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies. It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital.

Drinking alcohol or using street drugs during your treatment with alprazolam also increases the risk that you will experience these serious, life-threatening side effects. Do not drink alcohol or use street drugs during your treatment.

Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Alprazolam is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.

Alprazolam may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

l your doctor if you are taking or plan to take certain opiate medications for cough such as codeine (in Triacin-C, in Tuzistra XR) or hydrocodone (in Anexsia, in Norco, in Zyfrel) or for pain such as codeine (in Fiorinal), fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Subsys, others), hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo), meperidine (Demerol), methadone (Dolophine, Methadose), morphine (Astramorph, Duramorph PF, Kadian), oxycodone (in Oxycet, in Percocet, in Roxicet, others), and tramadol (Conzip, Ultram, in Ultracet). Be sure that your caregiver or family members know which symptoms may be serious so they can call the doctor or emergency medical care if you are unable to seek treatment on your own. If you take alprazolam with any of these medications and you develop any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediay or seek emergency medical care immediay: unusual dizziness, lightheadedness, extreme sleepiness, slowed or difficult breathing, or unresponsiveness. Your doctor may need to change the dosages of your medications and will monitor you carefully. Alprazolam may increase the risk of serious or life-threatening breathing problems, sedation, or coma if used along with certain medications.

Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of alprazolam and gradually increase your dose, not more than once every 3 or 4 days.

Talk to your doctor about drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.

Swallow the extended-release tablets whole; do not chew, crush, or break them.

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