Controlled substance

(Alprazolam XR)

Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Panic disorders are sudden and unexpected attacks of extreme fear or anxiety. Alprazolam is also sometimes used to treat certain phobias and depression. Benzodiazepines work by decreasing the presence of certain neural chemicals in the body and slowing abnormal excitement in the brain. Alprazolam ER is an extended release tablet. Alprazolam ER is available in several different strengths including .5mg, 1mg, and 2mg tablets. A bottle of 30 .5mg tablets cost about $12. A bottle of 30 1mg tablets cost about $16. A bottle of 30 2mg tablets cost about $20. You can save on the cost of Alprazolam ER by using a Optum Perks discount card, available for free on the Optum Perks website. Use the Optum Perks website to compare prices at local pharmacies. Then download, print and present your Alprazolam ER coupon to the pharmacist for Alprazolam ER savings.

Patients who suffer from panic disorders, or a sudden and extreme anxiety, can use Alprazolam to treat their anxiety. Alprazolam is a brand name form of the generic drug benzodiazepine. The drug works by balancing mental chemistry and by calming abnormal spikes of activity in the brain. 

Alprazolam ER is available in .5mg, 1mg, and 2mg tablets. The tablet should be taken once per day in the morning. Do not crush or chew an extended-release tablet. You should not take Alprazolam ER with fatty foods as this can increase chances of side effects

Alprazolam can be habit-forming. Don’t take Alprazolam more often, or in larger quantities than your doctor suggests. Do not suddenly stop taking Alprazolam. Suddenly stopping Alprazolam can lead to withdrawal symptoms like seizures, uncontrollable shaking in one part of the body, headache, blurred vision, sweating, difficulty falling or staying asleep, irritability, increased light or noise sensitivity, change in sense of smell, depression, aggression, cramps, weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting, and tingling in the hands and feet. To avoid these symptoms, your doctor will decrease your dose gradually. 

Tell your doctor if you are taking itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral). Your doctor will probably instruct you not to take Alprazolam.

Tell your doctor about all other medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking. Tell your doctor about all of your allergies.

If you have glaucoma, your doctor will probably tell you not to take Alprazolam.

Tell your doctor about any history of depression, alcoholism, or use of street drugs.

Tell your surgeon or dentist you are taking Alprazolam before having surgery.

Talk to your doctor before eating or drinking grapefruit while on this medication. Grapefruit contains furanocoumarins which block enzymes from properly breaking down the medication to be used by the body.

Side effects may include nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, irritability, changes in saliva, changes in libido, difficulty urinating, joint pain, weight fluctuation, difficulty concentrating.

Call your physician right away if you experience: seizures, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, confusion, memory problems, symptoms of allergic reaction, symptoms of liver problems, problems with balance and coordination, shortness of breath.

This may not be a complete list of side effects and warnings. Talk to your doctor for more information.

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