Alprazolam Tablets: A Benzodiazepine Medication
This medication belongs to the benzodiazepine drug class. When used with opioid drugs, it can cause serious side effects such as slowed or troubled breathing and even death. Opioid drugs include morphine, oxycodone, and codeine. Consult your doctor if you are taking this medication with an opioid drug and experience symptoms such as dizziness, sleepiness, shallow breathing, or passing out. Seek medical help immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Uses of Alprazolam Tablets
What to Tell Your Doctor Before Taking Alprazolam Tablets
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to this medication, any of its components, or any other drugs, foods, or substances. If you have glaucoma or are taking itraconazole or ketoconazole, let your doctor know. Do not take this medication if you are breastfeeding.
Note that this is not an exhaustive list of all drugs or health problems that may interact with alprazolam tablets. Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, natural products, vitamins, and health problems. Ensure that it is safe to take this medication with all your drugs and health problems before starting, stopping, or changing the dose of any drug.
What to Know or Do While Taking Alprazolam Tablets
Inform all your healthcare providers that you are taking this medication, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. This medication can be habit-forming with long-term use. If you have been taking it for an extended period or at high doses, it may not work as well, and you may need higher doses to achieve the same effect. This is known as tolerance. Call your doctor if this medication stops working well. Do not take more than prescribed.
Avoid driving and other activities that require alertness until you know how this medication affects you. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication. Consult your doctor before using other drugs or natural products that slow your actions. If you are taking this medication for an extended period, have your blood work checked regularly. Inform your doctor if you drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit frequently. If you start or stop smoking, inform your doctor as the amount of drug you take may need to be adjusted. If you are 65 or older, use this medication with caution as you may experience more side effects.
If you have been taking this medication regularly and stop it suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as seizures. Do not stop taking this medication suddenly without consulting your doctor. Inform your doctor if you experience any adverse effects. This medication can harm an unborn baby, especially in the first trimester. If you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
How to Take Alprazolam Tablets
Take this medication as directed by your doctor. Read all information provided and follow all instructions closely. You can take it with or without food, but if it causes an upset stomach, take it with food.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember if you take this medication regularly. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once or extra doses. This medication is often taken on an as-needed basis. Do not take it more frequently than prescribed by your doctor.
When to Call Your Doctor
If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:
This medication may cause side effects such as dizziness, sleepiness, dry mouth, changes in appetite, upset stomach, constipation, changes in sex drive or performance, and weight gain or loss. If you experience any of these side effects or any other side effects that bother you or do not go away,