- Generic Name and Brand Name
- Uses of Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
- What to Tell Your Doctor Before Taking Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
- Things to Know or Do While Taking Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
- How to Take Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
- Side Effects to Report to Your Doctor Immediately
- Other Side Effects of Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
- How to Store and Dispose of Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
- Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
Generic Name and Brand Name
Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets, also known as Xanax XR, belongs to the drug class of benzodiazepines.
It is important to note that the use of benzodiazepine drugs in combination with opioid drugs can lead to serious side effects such as slowed or troubled breathing and even death. Opioid drugs include codeine, oxycodone, and morphine. It is recommended to consult with a doctor before taking this medicine with an opioid drug. If you experience symptoms such as extreme sleepiness or dizziness, shallow breathing, or passing out, seek medical help immediately. If the patient does not respond or wake up, caregivers or others should also seek medical help right away.
Uses of Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
This medicine is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorders.
What to Tell Your Doctor Before Taking Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to this medicine, have glaucoma, are taking itraconazole or ketoconazole, or are breastfeeding. It is important to disclose all drugs, health problems, and allergies to your doctor before taking this medicine.
Things to Know or Do While Taking Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
Inform all healthcare providers that you are taking this medicine, as it may be habit-forming with long-term use. Tolerance may develop with prolonged use at high doses, and it may not work as effectively. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not consume alcohol while taking this medicine and consult with your doctor before using other drugs or natural products that slow your actions. Blood work may need to be checked if you are taking this medicine for a long time. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, call your doctor immediately. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly without consulting with your doctor, as withdrawal symptoms may occur.
How to Take Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
Take this medicine as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the tablet whole and do not chew, break, or crush it. It may be taken with or without food, but if it causes an upset stomach, take it with food.
Side Effects to Report to Your Doctor Immediately
If you experience signs of an allergic reaction, depression, suicidal thoughts, abnormal thinking, anxiety, lack of interest in life, change in balance, shortness of breath, dizziness, passing out, confusion, memory problems or loss, trouble speaking, trouble passing urine, or menstrual changes, seek medical help immediately.
Other Side Effects of Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
Common side effects include dizziness, sleepiness, tiredness, weakness, dry mouth, changes in appetite and sex drive, upset stomach, constipation, and weight gain or loss.
How to Store and Dispose of Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
Store this medicine at room temperature in a dry place and keep it out of reach of children and pets. Do not flush down the toilet or pour down the drain unless instructed to do so. Unused or expired drugs should be thrown away properly.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs. Read the medication guide provided with this medicine carefully and consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical help immediately and be prepared to provide information about what was taken, how much, and when.