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Orally disintegrating alprazolam is a drug prescribed for the treatment of anxiety disorder and panic disorder. The medicine works by enhancing the effects of a naturally calming brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It comes in tablet form and is dissolved on the tongue three times daily. While most people tolerate this medication well, side effects may occur, including drowsiness, fatigue, and lightheadedness.

What Is Orally Disintegrating Alprazolam?

Orally disintegrating alprazolam (Niravam®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat the following conditions:
This drug comes in the form of an orally disintegrating tablet that dissolves on the tongue. Alprazolam, the active ingredient in the medicine, is also available in regular tablet form as Xanax® and Xanax XR®. Xanax and Xanax XR are available in brand-name and generic versions.
(Click What Is Orally Disintegrating Alprazolam Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, orally disintegrating alprazolam can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects seen with orally disintegrating alprazolam may include but are not limited to:
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Coordination problems
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches.
(Click Side Effects of Orally Disintegrating Alprazolam to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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