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Alprazolam - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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  • Asolan    
  • Apo-Alpraz    
  • Besquil    

Why do I need this medicine?

Alprazolam helps relieve anxiety, panic attacks and anxiety accompanied by depression.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Alprazolam exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine may be taken with or without food. You may take it immediately after a meal to reduce the side effects of drowsiness and sleepiness. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Alprazolam is available as orally-disintegrating and modified release tablets.

If you are taking the delayed-release, prolonged-release, sustained-release or extended-release type of tablet (may be labelled “ER”), swallow it whole. Do not chew, crush or divide the tablet.

If you are taking the orodispersible tablet:

1. Remove it from the foil only just before you take it. Do not leave the orodispersible tablet exposed to air. Do not push the orodispersible tablet through the foil as it is fragile and easily broken.
2. Remove the orodispersible tablet with dry hands by peeling the backing off the foil and tipping the tablet onto your dry hands.
3. Place the orodispersible tablet directly on your tongue as soon as it is taken out of the foil. The orodispersible tablet will immediately start to melt on the tongue. It can then be swallowed with or without water.

Do not cut, break or crush the orodispersible tablets.

Do not take Alprazolam for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor. See your doctor if Alprazolam does not seem to help you.

If you are taking Alprazolam over a certain period of time, do not stop taking this medicine suddenly as this may worsen your condition. Your doctor may want to reduce the dose of Alprazolam gradually before stopping it completely. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- severe liver disease
- severe lung disease
- myasthenia gravis (a muscle weakness disorder)
- sleep apnoea (a sleep disorder wherein the person's breathing is interrupted during sleep)
- glaucoma (an increased pressure in the eye)
as Alprazolam may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Alprazolam with medicines to treat fungal infections such as ketoconazole and itraconazole.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- other mood disorders e.g. depression, suicidal thoughts
- kidney disease
- history of drug abuse or alcoholism

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What side effects could I experience?

Alprazolam may cause drowsiness, dizziness or blurred vision. This medicine may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or need to see clearly.

Other side effects include any of the following: tiredness, confusion, headache, nausea, dry mouth, constipation, stomach pain, weight loss or gain, rashes and changes in appetite.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour)
- yellowing of the skin, eyes, pain near the stomach area
- chest pain
- very low blood pressure

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Alprazolam with medicines to treat fungal infections such as ketoconazole and itraconazole.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- other sleeping pills
- medicines to treat depression e.g. nefazodone, fluvoxamine
- antibiotics e.g. erythromycin, clarithromycin
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine, phenobarbital
- medicines for heart disease e.g. digoxin, amiodarone
- medicines for high blood pressure e.g. diltiazem
- medicines for HIV infection e.g. ritonavir
- gastric medicines e.g. cimetidine
- medicines for asthma e.g. theophylline

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Alprazolam.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Alprazolam - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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