Alprazolam belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. This results in a reduction in nervous tension (anxiety). Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.
Important information about alprazolam
Do not use alprazolam if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Do not use this medication if you are allergic to alprazolam or to other benzodiazepines, such as chlordiazepoxide , clorazepate , diazepam, lorazepam or oxazepam.
Before you take alprazolam, tell your doctor if you have asthma or other breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, a history of alcoholism, or a history of depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction to drugs or alcohol
Do not drink alcohol while taking alprazolam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol. Alprazolam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed.
Before taking alprazolam
You should not take alprazolam if you have:
•if you are also taking itraconazole or ketoconazole
To make sure you can safely take alprazolam, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
•asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems;
•kidney or liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease);
•a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior; or
•a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Do not use alprazolam if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Alprazolam may also cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Alprazolam can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medicine. The sedative effects of alprazolam may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking alprazolam. Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old.