Alprazolam: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT ALPRAZOLAM
ALPRAZOLAM belongs to a class of medicines known as benzodiazepines. ALPRAZOLAM is primarily used to treat severe anxiety disorder and severe anxiety associated with depression.
• Slurred speech
• Uncoordinated movements
• Dry mouth
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALPRAZOLAM
• Do not self-medicate. Take it only when prescribed by a doctor. Ideally, taken for not more than 4 weeks for treatment.
• Take it with or without food. if you are allergic to ALPRAZOLAM or any other ingredients in the medicine inform your doctor instantly.
• Do not hesitate to speak with your doctor if you have trouble in swallowing or breathing, swelling of eyelids, face or lips, rashes, amnesia, jaundice, violent or inappropriate behaviour, nightmares, hallucinations, delusions, restlessness and agitation.
• Also tell your doctor if you have a history of depression or any other mental disorder, hospitalized for mental illnesses, drug or alcohol addiction before taking medicines for severe anxiety.
• You are recommended not to take alcohol along with ALPRAZOLAM. Together they bring up very unpleasant side effects.
• Pregnant women or women trying to conceive should avoid taking ALPRAZOLAM.
• ALPRAZOLAM is a known drug which can cause addiction and dependency hence other methods of coping up with anxiety and panic disorders should be also taken into consideration in accordance with a doctor/therapist.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q) What is ALPRAZOLAM used for?
A) ALPRAZOLAM belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. It works by acting on the brain chemicals and producing a calming effect. It induces sleep and lowers anxiety levels. ALPRAZOLAM is not safe to use for more than 12 weeks. Please do not self-medicate yourself, taking ALPRAZOLAM beyond prescribed duration can lead to long term addiction and harmful effects in the body.
Q) Can I take ALPRAZOLAM for depression?
A) No, although ALPRAZOLAM has mild antidepressant activity, but it is not recommended for depression as it is not the first line of medication to treat depression symptoms. Taking it for depression without asking a doctor can lead to addiction and further complications in the treatment of depression.
Q) What if I take more than the prescribed dose?
Accidently, if you take more than the prescribed dose, immediately inform your family members and call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital. Inform the hospital if you have taken excess, take the medicine strip with you, even if it is distorted or empty. Do not panic/worry if you experience drowsiness, confusion, speech problems, cold, low blood pressure and difficulty in breathing. Do not hesitate to tell the doctor if you are feeling any other kind of discomfort your doctor will ensure your symptoms subside.
Q) What if I forget to take ALPRAZOLAM?
A) If you forget to take ALPRAZOLAM, skip that dose and take the regular dose the next time. Do not take the forgotten dose with the prescribed dose. It may increase the effect of ALPRAZOLAM and cause unwanted side effects.
Q) Is it safe to give ALPRAZOLAM to children?
No, ALPRAZOLAM is not safe to give to children until and unless the child needs it for chronic psychological conditions. If the doctor prescribes ALPRAZOLAM for your kid, give it with utmost care and precautions.
Q) When can I stop taking ALPRAZOLAM?
A) Always check with your doctor before you stop taking ALPRAZOLAM. Generally, your doctor will prescribe ALPRAZOLAM for about 4 weeks. Then he will gradually decrease the dose. It is important not to stop taking ALPRAZOLAM suddenly. If you stop suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as severe anxiety, restlessness, lack of sleep, headaches, muscle pain, confusion, mood changes and irritability. If you experience any of those symptoms, speak with your doctor.
Q) Can I take ALPRAZOLAM with antidepressants?
A) No, it is not recommended to use ALPRAZOLAM with antidepressants. ALPRAZOLAM affects the way the antidepressants work and may increase the drowsiness, dizziness and other unwanted side effects which may cause a hinderance in your day to day life.
Q) Can I take ALPRAZOLAM with medicines for allergy?
A) No, it is suggested not to take ALPRAZOLAM with medicines prescribed for allergy, such as, levocetirizine. They make you sleepy and along with ALPRAZOLAM, they may further increase the sleepiness.
Q) Can I take ALPRAZOLAM with oral contraceptives?
A) No, it is not recommended to take ALPRAZOLAM with oral contraceptives, because ALPRAZOLAM and the oral contraceptives may affect the efficiency of ALPRAZOLAM. Hence you are encouraged to discuss with your doctor to try other methods of contraception such as condoms, barrier methods, spermicidals etc.
Q) Can I take ALPRAZOLAM with pain killers?
A) You are suggested not to take ALPRAZOLAM with opioid painkillers such as morphine, codeine etc. Because it increases the risk of drowsiness, breathing difficulty and even may lead to life-threatening situations like coma and death. You can use ALPRAZOLAM safely with non-opioid painkillers such as aspirin, aceclofenac, diclofenac, paracetamol etc. If your doctor prescribes you ALPRAZOLAM, tell him about all the painkillers you are using, if any.