Alprax Anxiety Medication

Brand name: Alprax

Generic name: Alprazolam

Other brand name: Xanax XR , Xanax

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Alprax anxiety meds

Alprax is a tranquilizer used in the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety or the treatment of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorder is marked by unrealistic worry or excessive fears and concerns. Anxiety associated with depression is also responsive to Alprax.

Alprax and the extended-release formulation, Alprax XR, are also used in the treatment of panic disorder, which appears as unexpected panic attacks and may be accompanied by a fear of open or public places called agoraphobia. Only your doctor can diagnose panic disorder and best advise you about treatment.

Some doctors prescribe Alprax to treat alcohol withdrawal, fear of open spaces and strangers, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and premenstrual syndrome.

Most important fact about Alprax anxiety meds

Tolerance and dependence can occur with the use of Alprax. You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using the drug or reduce the dosage too quickly. Withdrawal symptoms are listed under “What side effects may occur?” The drug dosage should be gradually reduced and only your doctor should advise you on how to discontinue or change your dose.

How should you take Alprax anxiety meds?

Alprax may be taken with or without food. Take it exactly as prescribed. Do not chew, crush, or break the Alprax XR tablets.

If you miss a dose of Alprax anxiety meds

If you are less than 1 hour late, take it as soon as you remember. Otherwise skip the dose and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time.

Storage instructions for Alprax anxiety meds

Store Alprax at room temperature.

What side effects may occur when taking Alprax anxiety meds?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible.

Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Xanax. Your doctor should periodically reassess the need for this drug.

Side effects of Alprax are usually seen at the beginning of treatment and disappear with continued medication. However, if dosage is increased, side effects will be more likely.

Side effects of Alprax anxiety meds may include:

Decreased libido, drowsiness, fatigue, impaired coordination, memory impairment, speech difficulties, weight changes

Side effects of Alprax XR anxiety meds may include:

Constipation, decreased libido, depression, drowsiness, fatigue, impaired coordination, memory problems, mental impairment, nausea, sedation, sleepiness, speech difficulties, weight changes

Side effects due to a rapid decrease in dose or abrupt withdrawal from Alprax or Alprax XR:

Anxiety, blurred vision, decreased concentration, decreased mental clarity, depression, diarrhea, headache, heightened awareness of noise or bright lights, hot flushes, impaired sense of smell, insomnia, loss of appetite, loss of reality, muscle cramps, nervousness, rapid breathing, seizures, tingling sensation, tremor, twitching, weight loss

Why should Alprax anxiety meds not be prescribed ?

If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Alprax or other tranquilizers, you should not take Alprax. Also avoid Alprax while taking the antifungal drugs Sporanox or Nizoral. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have experienced.

Do not take Alprax if you have been diagnosed with the eye condition called narrow-angle glaucoma.
Anxiety or tension related to everyday stress usually does not require treatment with Alprax. Discuss your symptoms thoroughly with your doctor.

Special warnings about Alprax anxiety meds

Alprax may cause you to become drowsy or less alert; therefore, driving or operating dangerous machinery or participating in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness is not recommended.

If you are being treated for panic disorder, you may need to take a higher dose of Alprax than for anxiety alone. High doses more than 4 milligrams a day of Alprax taken for long intervals may cause emotional and physical dependence. It is important that your doctor supervise you carefully when you are using this medication.

As with all anti-anxiety medication, there is a small chance that Alprax could encourage suicidal thoughts or episodes of euphoria known as mania. If you notice any new or unusual symptoms after starting Alprax, call your doctor immediately.

 

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Alprax anxiety meds

Xanax may intensify the effect of alcohol. Do not drink alcohol while taking Alprax.

Never combine Alprax with Sporanox or Nizoral. These drugs cause a buildup of Alprax in the body.
If Alprax is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered.

It is important to check with your doctor before combining Alprax with the following:

Amiodarone (Cordarone)
Antihistamines such as Benadryl and Tavist
Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
Certain antibiotics such as Biaxin and erythromycin
Certain antidepressant drugs, including Elavil, Norpramin, and Tofranil
Cimetidine (Tagamet)
Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
Digoxin (Lanoxin)
Diltiazem (Cardizem)
Disulfiram (Antabuse)
Ergotamine
Fluoxetine (Prozac)
Fluvoxamine
Grapefruit juice
Isoniazid (Rifamate)
Major tranquilizers such as Mellaril and chlorpromazine
Nefazodone
Nicardipine (Cardene)
Nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia)
Oral contraceptives
Other central nervous system depressants such as Valium and Demerol
Paroxetine (Paxil)
Propoxyphene (Darvon)
Sertraline (Zoloft)

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding when taking Alprax anxiety meds

Do not take Alprax if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There is an increased risk of respiratory problems and muscular weakness in your baby. Infants may also experience withdrawal symptoms. Alprax may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment with Alpraxis finished.

Recommended dosages of Alprax anxiety meds

ADULTS

Anxiety disorder

The usual starting dose of Alprax is 0.25 to 0.5 milligram taken 3 times a day. The dose may be increased every 3 to 4 days to a maximum daily dose of 4 milligrams, divided into smaller doses.

Panic disorder

The usual starting dose of regular Alprax is 0.5 milligram 3 times a day. This dose can be increased by 1 milligram a day every 3 or 4 days. You may be given a dose from 1 up to a total of 10 milligrams, according to your needs. The typical dose is 5 to 6 milligrams a day.

If you’re taking Alprax XR, the usual starting dose is 0.5 to 1 milligram once a day taken in the morning. Depending on your response, the dose may be gradually increased by no more than 1 milligram every 3 or 4 days. The usual effective dose is 3 to 6 milligrams a day. Some people may need a larger dose to relieve their symptoms.

Others, including older adults and those with liver disease or other serious illnesses, may need to use lower doses.

CHILDREN

Safety and effectiveness have not been established in children under 18 years of age.

OLDER ADULTS

The usual starting dose for an anxiety disorder is 0.25 milligram, 2 or 3 times daily. The starting dose of Alprax XR is 0.5 milligrams once a day. This dose may be gradually increased if needed and tolerated.

PATIENTS SWITCHING FROM Alprax TO Alprax XR

If you’re taking divided doses of Alprax, the doctor will switch you to a once-daily dose of Alprax XR that equals the current amount you’re taking. If your symptoms return after switching, the dose can be increased as needed.

Overdosage with Alprax anxiety meds

An overdose of Alprax, alone or after combining it with alcohol, can be fatal. If you suspect an overdose of Alprax, seek medical attention immediately.

Symptoms of Alprax anxiety meds overdose may include:

Confusion, coma, impaired coordination, sleepiness, slowed reaction time