Alprazolam is used for the treatment of several issues. The class to which alprazolam drug belongs is triazolobenzodiazepine, every drug has a generic name. It has several effects on the brain and Central nervous system. Its core function is to relax the body. It improves the condition by the effects of a natural chemical in the body named (GABA).
What is Alprazolam used for?
Alprazolam is usually taken to lessons anxiety, heart attack which happen suddenly by extreme fear, and panic disorder. This drug brings down the abnormal activation or excitement of the brain. It functions on the brain to produce soothing effects which help the patient to relieve anxiety and panic attacks. It reduces many tensions and stress from everyday life. This drug is also prescribed to the patients who are diagnosed with depression, it will help them to relax and satisfy their body. This medicine should only be taken on the prescription of the doctor. Patients who have been using this drug on a daily basis should note any type of side effects and they should consult with their doctor if they face any difficulty after taking this medicine. It is also prescribed to patients who have premenstrual syndrome but the dose should be modified according to that.
How effective is Alprazolam?
Alprazolam has been demonstrated to be immensely effective to other medications that are diazepam, clonazepam, and lorazepam. It reduces levels of anxiety and depression more effectively. Patients who have been suffering from malignant disease also have depression, uneasiness, and other agitation in that state taking alprazolam helps to reduce their fears and anxiety effectively. Moreover, patients with other disorders like neurotic disorder also have these symptoms and this helps in calming their state of mind and body. It is one of the most effective drugs to treat (GAD) generalized anxiety disorder, however, it treats panic disorder. It usually suppresses the brain (central nervous system) function. It is also useful for proper sleep cycle, patients who have been facing sleeping difficulties can also take this drug. It decreases the anxiety symptoms. It has quick and effective action and it works within 30 minutes and lasts around 6 hours if a short amount of dosage is taken.
How should I take this medicine?
Alprazolam should be taken orally, it dissolves swiftly in the mouth and this should be taken with some water or any liquid that is concentrated. If you want to take in concentrated liquid form, a dropper given with the medicine add some amount of drug and water in the dropper that is prescribed by the physician then squeeze it in any type of juice, liquid or food then mix it well, it will dissolve in the food completely then have it entirely and it should not be stored for other time use. If you want to take it orally, then take the medicine from the bottle with dry hands, open it, take the tablet quickly and it should be placed on the tongue and it will dissolve with saliva in this way you can take it even without water, the tablet should not be crushed or chewed. The physician will most probably prescribe a low dosage of alprazolam initially and gradually increase its dosage.
What dose of Alprazolam should I take?
Dosing for every medicine is different for every individual. It should only be taken by the physician’s prescription. Everything like the amount, the strength of the drug, length of time, and the gap between the doses all depend on the severity of the problem. The following information will guide you according to the problems you are facing and the amount of dose you should take.
- For oral dosage use solutions, orally disintegrating tablets.
- For children you must consult the doctor before use.
- For adults, the amount required is 0.25 to 0.5 milligram (mg) 3 times a day. The doctor can increase the dose as per requirement but will not exceed more than 4 mg per day.
- For older adults, 0.25mg for 2 to 3 times a day however, physicians can increase it accordingly.
For panic disorder:
- For children, you must consult the doctor before use.
- For adults, 0.5mg to 1 milligram (mg) should be taken in the morning time only once, and the doctor can enhance the dosage as per requirement but not more than 10 mg per day.
- For older adults, 0.25 mg 2 to 3 times a day, and the doctor will guide and enhance the dose accordingly to the needs of the patient.
- For older adults, 1 milligram (mg) and the physician will see accordingly if he wants to increase the amount as per requirement.
Why is alprazolam considered a good treatment for anxiety, panic attacks, and depression?
This drug is famous for its effectiveness on patients who have been facing anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. It has been given to patients who have insomnia and sleep cycle disturbed or to premenstrual syndrome patients
This drug is also used for a phobia named agoraphobia meaning fear of open spaces which also triggers anxiety and reason for panic attacks. Results of this drug proved that this drug is effective for these types of patients and many patients have benefited from this drug. It suppresses their negative thoughts and they work more efficiently in their homes and practical life because the mind will be in a relaxed state and the body will work happily with positive energy. They start to socialize in society and groups and share what’s in their mind with the therapist or any person close to their heart and they start to fear less about certain things and attacks.
What are side effects of Alprazolam?
Every drug has side effects and different side effects on different patients related to their other problems and dosage of alprazolam. Side effects of this drug are given below:
Typical side effects that are most common in most people:
- Excessive talking
- Dry mouth
- Decreased motivation
- Joint pain
- Change in appetite
- Difficulty urination
- Decreased libido and changes in sex drive or ability
Serious side effects:
- Memory problems
- Slurred speech
- Concentration problems
- Strange dreams
- Voice changes
- Problem with coordination
- Yellowing of skin or eyes
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
- Absent or missed menstrual periods
Over dosage side effects:
- Marked weakness of muscle and incoordination of the motor system
- Low blood pressure
- Sensation of spinning
- Shallow breathing
- Syncope / fainting
- Hives or welts
- Red irritated eyes
Alternative treatment options for anxiety, depression, and panic attacks:
Alprazolam can be substituted by longer-acting benzodiazepine drugs that are Clonazepam, Carbamazepine, and Clonidine or Gabapentin, Clonazepam can be used to treat anxiety and other problems like panic attacks and depression. Besides these medications some therapies are also helpful. These therapies include:
- Cognitive therapy
- Behavior therapy
- Exposure therapy
- Nutritious diet
Can I buy Alprazolam online?
No, it cannot be purchased online because alprazolam is an FDA - controlled drug and it cannot be available legally online.
If you want this medicine you have to visit a doctor (psychiatrist or physician) otherwise no one can have it.
When should I take alprazolam?+
As this drug (alprazolam) reduces anxiety and helps insomnia patients and panic disorders. So this drug is usually prescribed to take one dose in the morning and one dose before bedtime.
It is prescribed by the doctor according to the condition requirement.
How long does it take for alprazolam to work?+
It has a very effective and quick action, it affects within 30 minutes and it can prolong to 6 hours of the day. And the patient can feel sleepy within 1 to 2 hours.
Can I Take Alprazolam while pregnant?+
Alprazolam is not safe to take during pregnancy. It is a category D drug during pregnancy that can put the fetus in danger with many other problems throughout the three trimesters. It is suggested to avoid it during pregnancy.
Can I drive after taking alprazolam?+
It is not safe to drive after taking alprazolam. Alprazolam causes decreased mental activation and it will force the body to concentrate more on the road. It increases mental effort which causes driving poorly and results in many accidents. It is a risk for life if you drive after taking alprazolam.
How long can I take alprazolam use?+
The specific time for alprazolam dosage is eight weeks, it is the maximum time a patient should take alprazolam. The doctor can modify the days and dosage of the drug.
Does long term use of alprazolam have adverse effects on my health?+
Long term use of alprazolam can have adverse effects on health. It can lead to malfunctioning of the brain, loss of balance, coordination problems, and psychological issues which include (suicidal thoughts, cognition issues, depression, and inhibition. It can cause problems with concentration during work. Moreover, it can cause emotional and physical dependence on the drug.
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