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Drug Interactions

Orally disintegrating alprazolam may react with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Orally Disintegrating Alprazolam).

What If I Overdose on This Medication?

As with any medication, it is possible to take too much orally disintegrating alprazolam. If you happen to overdose on this medication, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Niravam Overdose for more information.)

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you forget to take a dose of orally disintegrating alprazolam, simply take it as soon as you remember and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, however, skip the one you missed. Do not take a double dose.

How Does Orally Disintegrating Alprazolam Work?

Orally disintegrating alprazolam belongs to a group of medications known as benzodiazepines. Like all benzodiazepines, orally disintegrating alprazolam binds to benzodiazepine receptors throughout the central nervous system (CNS). When binding to these receptors, this drug enhances the action of a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
GABA is an inhibitory brain chemical, which means it slows down or blocks nerve signals in the brain. Orally disintegrating alprazolam, and other benzodiazepines, help GABA to more effectively slow down nerve signals. This is why benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
Benzodiazepine receptors are located in many areas of the brain and spinal cord. Therefore, benzodiazepines produce a variety of effects in the body, including:
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Sleepiness
  • Stopping seizures
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Impaired short-term memory.
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