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Some of the most common side effects of alprazolam include increased appetite, irritability, and fatigue. In most cases, side effects are minor and either don't require treatment or are easily treated. There are, however, a number of potentially serious side effects that should be reported to a healthcare provider, such as depression, jaundice, or signs of an allergic reaction.

An Introduction to Alprazolam Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with alprazolam (Xanax®); however, not everyone who takes the medication will experience problems. 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.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with alprazolam. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of alprazolam side effects with you.)

Serious Side Effects of Alprazolam

Some side effects with alprazolam, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Depression (or worsening of existing depression)
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • Problems with balance or falling down
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety, excitation, or agitation
  • Hostility, aggression, or rage
  • Hallucinations
  • Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, and unexplained swelling.
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