Alprazolam: Uses & Side effects

Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety.

Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.

Important information

You should not use alprazolam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, if you also take itraconazole or ketoconazole, or if you are allergic to alprazolam or similar medicines (Valium, Ativan, Tranxene, and others).

Do not use alprazolam if you are pregnant. This medicine can cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.

Alprazolam may be habit-forming. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death.

Do not drink alcohol while taking alprazolam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol. This medicine may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to alprazolam: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
  • racing thoughts, increased energy, unusual risk-taking behavior;
  • confusion, agitation, hostility, hallucinations;
  • uncontrolled muscle movements, tremor, seizure (convulsions); or
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest.

Common alprazolam side effects may include:

  • drowsiness, feeling tired;
  • slurred speech, lack of balance or coordination;
  • memory problems; or
  • feeling anxious early in the morning.


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