- Alprazolam Tablets: A Benzodiazepine Medication
- Uses of Alprazolam Tablets
- What to Tell Your Doctor Before Taking Alprazolam Tablets
- Things to Know or Do While Taking Alprazolam Tablets
- How to Take Alprazolam Tablets
- Side Effects to Watch For
- How to Store and Dispose of Alprazolam Tablets
- Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Further Information
- Medical Disclaimer
Alprazolam Tablets: A Benzodiazepine Medication
This medicine is a benzodiazepine and should not be taken with opioid drugs. Combining these drugs can lead to serious side effects, including slowed or trouble breathing and death. If you are taking this medicine with an opioid drug, seek medical help immediately if you experience sleepiness, dizziness, shallow breathing, or passing out.
Uses of Alprazolam Tablets
This medication is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It works by enhancing the effects of a natural chemical in the body called GABA.
What to Tell Your Doctor Before Taking Alprazolam Tablets
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to alprazolam or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Also, let them know if you have glaucoma or are taking itraconazole or ketoconazole. If you are breastfeeding, do not take this medication.
Things to Know or Do While Taking Alprazolam Tablets
Be sure to inform all healthcare providers that you are taking this medication. It may be habit-forming with long-term use, and if you have been taking it for a long time or at high doses, it may not work as well. Avoid driving or doing tasks that require alertness until you know how this medication affects you. Do not drink alcohol while taking alprazolam tablets and talk to your doctor before using other drugs or natural products that slow your actions. If you are 65 or older, use this medication with care as you may experience more side effects. If you have been taking this medication regularly and stop it suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms, including seizures. This medication may cause harm to an unborn baby if taken during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. If you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking this medication, call your doctor immediately.
How to Take Alprazolam Tablets
Take this medication as directed by your doctor. You can take it with or without food, but if it upsets your stomach, take it with food. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once or more often than prescribed.
Side Effects to Watch For
Some people may experience serious side effects when taking alprazolam tablets. Seek medical help immediately if you experience an allergic reaction, depression, suicidal thoughts, emotional ups and downs, abnormal thinking, anxiety, lack of interest in life, change in balance, shortness of breath, dizziness, passing out, confusion, memory problems or loss, trouble speaking, trouble passing urine, or menstrual changes. Common side effects include dizziness, sleepiness, tiredness, weakness, dry mouth, changes in appetite or sex drive, upset stomach, constipation, and weight gain or loss.
How to Store and Dispose of Alprazolam Tablets
Store this medication at room temperature in a dry place and away from children and pets. Do not store it in the bathroom. If you have unused or expired medication, dispose of it properly by checking with your pharmacist or local drug take-back program.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
If your symptoms do not improve or worsen, contact your doctor. Do not share your medication with others or take anyone else’s medication. Read the medication guide provided with your prescription and seek medical help immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about alprazolam tablets, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
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