Alprazolam
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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Alprazolam Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Alprazolam Intensol®; Niravam™; Xanax XR®; Xanax®

Canadian Brand Names

Alti-Alprazolam; Apo-Alpraz®; Apo-Alpraz® TS; Mylan-Alprazolam; Novo-Alprazol; Nu-Alpraz; Xanax TS™; Xanax®

Mexican Brand Names

Alzam; Farmapram; Irizz.; Neupax; Tafil; Tazun

Pharmacologic Category

Benzodiazepine

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to alprazolam or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have glaucoma.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Alprazolam calms the brain.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Tablet can be crushed and mixed with food or liquid.

Oral-disintegrating tablet:Place on tongue and let dissolve. Water is not needed. Do not swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• A liquid (solution) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 10:30:42.0

Modified: 2010-06-02 14:21:55.0

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