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|Foreign Brand Names|
|Apo-Alpraz® (Canada); Novo-Aloprazol® (Canada); Nu-Alprax® (Canada); Tafil (Mexico)|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to alprazolam or any other part of the
medicine. If you are allergic to another benzodiazepine, talk with healthcare
- If you have narrow angle glaucoma
- If you are taking ketoconazole or itraconazole.
- If you are pregnant or
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used in the treatment of anxiety (nerves), panic
attacks, and anxiety connected with
|How does it work?|
- Alprazolam works in the brain to calm you
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- Tablet may be crushed and mixed with food or liquid.
- Do not suddenly stop using this medicine if you have been taking it
for a long time. Medicine should be slowly
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Since this medicine is frequently taken on an as needed basis,
separate dose by 8-12 hours.
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix
well with other medicines.
- This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
- If you are 65 or older, you may have more side effects. You could feel
sleepy and shaky.
- You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities
until you see how this medicine affects you.
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines
and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives,
tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare
- Tell healthcare provider if you have lung disease. You may be more
sensitive to this medicine.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Do not use in pregnancy and do not get pregnant. Use birth control
that you can trust while taking this medicine.
- Do not use if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling sleepy, lightheaded, or unable to think clearly. Avoid
driving, doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert until you
see how this medicine affects you.
- Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may
- Changes in memory.
- Change in sexual ability or desire. This can return to normal after
medicine is stopped. Talk with healthcare provider about other medicines without
this side effect.
|What should I monitor?|
- Watch for change in symptoms. Is condition better, worse, or about the
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Changes in balance, feeling shaky or unsteady.
- Too tired or sleepy.
- Any rash.
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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