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When and How to Take Alprazolam

Some general considerations for when and how to take it include:
  • Alprazolam comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth two or three times daily.
  • It can be taken with or without food. If the drug bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Alprazolam may cause serious problems if you take it at higher dosages or for a longer period of time than your healthcare provider recommends (see Xanax Addiction).

Dosing Information

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Your age
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Alprazolam Dosing for more information.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with alprazolam. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of alprazolam include, but are not limited to:
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Coordination problems.
(Click Side Effects of Alprazolam to learn more about possible alprazolam side effects, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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