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What Is Orally Disintegrating Alprazolam Used For?

How Does This Medication Work?

Orally disintegrating alprazolam belongs to a group of drugs 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.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Orally Disintegrating Alprazolam?

Orally disintegrating alprazolam is not approved for use in people younger than 18 years of age. It has not been adequately studied in younger age groups.

Is It Safe for Older Adults?

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, such as drowsiness and coordination problems. This can increase the risk for falling down. Also, orally disintegrating alprazolam is removed from the body more slowly in older adults compared to younger age groups. For these reasons, it is generally recommended that older adults receive lower dosages of this medication.

Are There Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Some potential off-label uses for orally disintegrating alprazolam include treatment of the following conditions:
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
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