What should I know about alprazolam before taking it?

Alprazolam can have habit-forming effects, so it is important to only take this medication if prescribed to you and only take it as recommended. It is also important to have your prescription filled at a trustworthy pharmacy, as alprazolam is sometimes sold through the internet and other methods that are not monitored by the FDA. Alprazolam can also be harmful to a developing fetus and infants nursing on their mother's breast milk. Also, be careful of certain drug and food interactions. Do not drink alcohol or take sleep-inducing medication while taking alprazolam. Do not take alprazolam if you are allergic to benzodiazepines, such as:

  • diazepam (Valium)
  • oxazepam (Serax)
  • chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • clorazepate (Tranxene)
  • lorazepam (Ativan)

Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice, as grapefruit can cause negative interactions as well.

Side effects of this medication can include:

  • hyperactivity
  • agitation
  • hostility
  • hallucinations
  • lightheadedness
  • fainting spells
  • twitchy muscles
  • tremors
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • depression
  • suicidal thoughts
  • seizures
  • dry mouth
  • decreased inhibitions
  • drowsiness
  • inability to sleep
  • memory problems
  • trouble concentrating
  • slurred speech
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • blurred vision
  • abnormal weight change
  • watery mouth or dry mouth
  • unusual amounts of sweat
  • urinating less or not at all
  • lack of balance
  • appetite changes
  • lack of interest in sexual activity

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