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ALPRAZOLAM (al PRAY zoe lam) is a benzodiazepine. It is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
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
kidney or liver disease
lung or breathing disease
seizures or a history of seizures
an unusual or allergic reaction to alprazolam, other benzodiazepines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
These tablets are made to dissolve in the mouth. Just before taking the tablet, remove the tablet from the bottle with dry hands. Place the tablet on the top of the tongue and allow it to dissolve, then swallow. You may take these tablets with water, but it is not necessary to do so. If only one-half of the tablet is used, the unused portion of the tablet should be safely discarded because it may not remain stable. Do not reuse this portion of the tablet. Discard unused tablets in a safe manner away from children and pets.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
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.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
herbal or dietary supplements like kava kava, melatonin, dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA, St. John's Wort or valerian
medicines for depression, mental problems or psychiatric disturbances
prescription pain medicines
rifampin, rifapentine, or rifabutin
some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, troleandomycin
some medicines for high blood pressure or heart problems
some medicines for HIV infection or AIDS
some medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your body can become dependent on this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional if you still need to take it. 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.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy and fainting spells, do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol may increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds or allergies without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
mood changes, excitability or aggressive behavior
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
changes in appetite
change in sex drive or performance
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked oral syringe or measuring device to measure the dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.
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.
certain medicines for HIV infection or AIDS
birth control pills
certain macrolide antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, troleandomycin
medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
some medicines for blood pressure or heart problems
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your body can become dependent on this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional if you still need to take it.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). This medicine may cause accidental overdose and death if taken by other adults, children, or pets. Mix any unused medicine with a substance like cat litter or coffee grounds. Then throw the medicine away in a sealed container like a sealed bag or a coffee can with a lid. Do not use the medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush, chew or divide the tablets. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.
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