Alprazolam is used for thetreatment of certain anxiety and panic disorders. This happens because of thedepression that people are experiencing. Panic disorder is diagnosed in peoplewho are very preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack. It occursunexpectedly and sometimes even when waking up from sleep.
Howdoes Alprazolam work?
Alprazolam acts by enhancing theeffects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitterthat inhibits the activity in the brain. The Neurotransmitter is a chemicalthat nerve cells use to communicate with each other. It is assumed that toomuch activity in the brain may reason for anxiety or other psychiatric conditions.
Alprazolam is an anti-anxietymedication. It belongs to the group of treatment which is benzodiazepine. Thisis a white crystalline powder which is soluble in ethanol or methanol. In theyear 1981, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this treatment. Thisis available in the strengths of 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg. Alprazolam issupplied as orally disintegrating tablets.
Howto use Alprazolam?
The recommended dosage for thismedication will depend on your condition and response.
For treating anxiety, thestarting dose is 0.25-0.5mg taken 3-4 times a day. The dose may increase every3-4 days to a maximum dose of 4mg daily.
For panic attacks, the startingdose is 0.5mg taken 3 times a day. The doses can be increased every 3-4 daysbut no more than 1mg daily.
This medication may be taken withor without food. Wash your hands first before taking the medicine. Place thetablet on top of your tongue instantly after removing it from the bottle. Letthe tablet dissolve in your mouth. You may also take it with water.
Whatare the side-effects of Alprazolam?
- Dry mouth
- Loss of interest in sex
- Stuffy nose
- Appetite or weight changes
- Muscle weakness
- Upset stomach
- Blurred vision
- Increased sweating
- Trouble concentrating
- Slurred speech
- Poor balance or coordination
- Memory problems
If these side effects persist orworsen, call your doctor right away.
- Before taking this, inform your doctor if you are allergicto it. As well as if you have any allergies, medical history, or currentmedications.
- Do not use this past the expiration date.
- Do not share this with others who have the samesymptoms as yours.
- Consult first your doctor if you are pregnant orbreastfeeding women.
- Keep this away from the heat, moisture, and thereach of children.