Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety.
Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.
You should not use alprazolam if you have
narrow-angle glaucoma, if you also take itraconazole or ketoconazole, or if you
are allergic to alprazolam or similar medicines (Valium, Ativan, Tranxene, and
Do not use alprazolam
if you are pregnant. This medicine can cause birth defects
or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.
Alprazolam may be habit-forming. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause
addiction, overdose, or death.
Do not drink alcohol while taking alprazolam.
This medication can increase the effects of alcohol. This medicine may be
habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed.
Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to alprazolam:
hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- depressed mood,
thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
- racing thoughts,
increased energy, unusual risk-taking behavior;
- confusion, agitation,
- uncontrolled muscle
movements, tremor, seizure (convulsions); or
- pounding heartbeats
or fluttering in your chest.
Common alprazolam side effects may include:
- drowsiness, feeling tired;
- slurred speech, lack of balance or coordination;
- memory problems; or
- feeling anxious early in the morning.