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It is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks
               



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What is this medicine?

ALPRAZOLAM (al PRAY zoe lam) is a benzodiazepine. It is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an alcohol or drug abuse problem
  • bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis or other mental health conditions
  • glaucoma
  • kidney or liver disease
  • lung or breathing disease
  • myasthenia gravis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • porphyria
  • seizures or a history of seizures
  • suicidal thoughts
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to alprazolam, other benzodiazepines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. If you have been taking this medicine regularly for some time, do not suddenly stop taking it. You must gradually reduce the dose or you may get severe side effects. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice. Even after you stop taking this medicine it can still affect your body for several days.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • certain medicines for HIV infection or AIDS
  • ketoconazole
  • itraconazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • birth control pills
  • certain macrolide antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, troleandomycin
  • cimetidine
  • cyclosporine
  • ergotamine
  • grapefruit juice
  • herbal or dietary supplements like kava kava, melatonin, dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA, St. John's Wort or valerian
  • imatinib, STI- 571
  • isoniazid
  • levodopa
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • prescription pain medicines
  • rifampin, rifapentine, or rifabutin
  • some medicines for blood pressure or heart problems
  • some medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone

               
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