Alprazolam 0.5 mg Alzolam 100 Tablets (10x10) This medication is a benzodiazepine, prescribed M to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. Typical use Of Alprazolam :
To Treat Anxiety, Anxiety Associated Depression And Panic Disorders (sudden Episodes Of Intense Fear Or Discomfort).
Mechanism of action of Alprazolam : Alprazolam Belongs To The Class Of Drugs Called Benzodiazepines Which Act In The Brain And Decrease Abnormal Excitement, Anxiety, Worry And Promote Sleep.
Drug Interaction of Alprazolam :Drug Interaction of Alprazolam : Alprazolam Can Increase The Action Of Drugs Having Depressive Effects Like Tramadol, Hydrocodone, Gabapentin, Duloxetine, Escitalopram, Pregabalin, Fluoxetine. Drugs Like Ketoconazole, Itraconazole, Fluvoxamine, Erythromycin, Nefazodone, Fluoxetine, Oral Contraceptives Increase Levels And Enhance Activity Of Alprazolam. Drugs Like Carbamazepine Decrease Levels Of Alprazolam In The Body And Reduce Its Activity. Increased Levels Of Drugs Digoxin, Imipramine, Desimipramine Have Been Reported When Used With Alprazolam. Always Consult Your Physician For The Change Of Dose Regimen Or An Alternative Drug Of Choice That May Strictly Be Required.Side effects of Alprazolam :
- Addiction To Alprazolam For Physical Or Psychological Effects, Abrupt Discontinuation Of Which Leads To Serious Withdrawal Symptoms, Panic And Agitation. Other Common Side Effects Include Drowsiness, Sleepiness, Light-headedness, Unusual Tiredness, Dizziness, Depression, Confusion, Uncoordinated Body Movements, Loss Of Appetite, Headache, Slurred Speech, Difficulty In Speaking, Loss Of Concentration And Memory, Blurring Of Vision, Changes In Sex Drive, Muscle Weakness, Constipation, Dry Mouth, Urge To Vomit (nausea), Increased Salivation, Low Blood Pressure, Abnormally High Heart Rate, Jaundice, Increased Levels Of Liver Enzymes (liver Dysfunction), Inability To Control Urine And Stools (incontinence).
- Do not use this medication if you are allergic to alprazolam or to other benzodiazepines, such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax). This medication can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not use alprazolam if you are pregnant.
- Before taking alprazolam, tell your doctor if you have any breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, or a history of depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking alprazolam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol.
- This medication may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Alprazolam should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Before taking alprazolam Do not use this medication if you have:
- narrow-angle glaucoma;
- if you are also taking itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral); or
- if you are allergic to alprazolam or to other benzodiazepines, such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax).
Before taking alprazolam, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems;
- Kidney or liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease);
- A history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior; or
- A history of drug or alcohol addiction.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take alprazolam.FDA pregnancy category D. Alprazolam can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not use alprazolam without your doctor's consent if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using this medication. Alprazolam can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. The sedative effects of this medication may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking alprazolam. Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old.How should I take alprazolam?Take alprazolam exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of alprazolam can be fatal.Symptoms of an alprazolam overdose may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, fainting, or coma.Do not drink alcohol while taking alprazolam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol. Alprazolam can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). They can increase some of the side effects of alprazolam.Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with alprazolam and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.What other drugs will affect alprazolam?Before using alprazolam, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by alprazolam.Before taking alprazolam, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- birth control pills;
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- diltiazem (Tiazac, Cartia, Cardizem);
- isoniazid (IsonaRif, Rifamate);
- propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet);
- seizure medication;
- antifungal medication such as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral); or
- antidepressants such as fluvoxamine (Luvox), desipramine (Norpramin), or imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with alprazolam. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors.Important information about alprazolam:
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.
Alprazolam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Alprazolam should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it. Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
Contact your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your panic or anxiety symptoms.
Your symptoms may return when you stop using alprazolam after using it over a long period of time. You may also have seizures or withdrawal symptoms when you stop using alprazolam. Withdrawal symptoms may include blurred vision, trouble concentrating, loss of appetite, diarrhea, muscle twitching, numbness or tingling, or increased sensations.
Do not stop using alprazolam suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
Store alprazolam at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Remove any cotton from the bottle of disintegrating tablets, and keep the bottle tightly closed.
Keep track of how many pills have been used from each new bottle of this medicine. Benzodiazepines are drugs of abuse and you should be aware if any person in the household is using this medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. It will effect you & your loved ones. Safety First. Please keep it in mindPrescription Only Medicine : These medicines are only available with a valid prescription from a licensed medical practitioner. Please be kind to send us the prescription by email, fax or standard mail with your order. All orders without an accompanying prescription will be rejected (see exceptions below). These measures are enforced as both a legal requirement as well as to ensure your safety.However if you are unable to send us your prescription because of any reason, please let us know and we will accommodate your request. Eg:
- You have lost or misplaced your prescription
- You have to present it to the local pharmacy to buy other drugs not available with us
- You have received an online (eScrip) prescription.