How to Take Alprazolam Responsibly

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Take Alprazolam Responsibly

Alprazolam is a drug from the anxiolytic group of tranquillizers that are prescribed to treat conditions such as general anxiety or that associated to depression and anguish with or without agoraphobia. The use of this drug is indicated for serious conditions and situations of extreme stress. If your doctor has prescribed you this anxiolytic at we remind you how to take alprazolam responsibly and without risk to your health.

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Steps to follow:

Concerning the dose for the treatment of anxiety and anxiety associated with depression:

  • The starting dose is from 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg three times a day.
  • The usual dose is between 0.5 mg and 4 mg daily maximum, in 3 or 4 ingestions.

The alprazolam dose for treating anxiety disorders:

  • To begin, a dose of 0.5 mg to 1 mg just before going to sleep.
  • Depending on how the treatment goes the doctor will adjust the medication.
  • These adjustments will be made in increments of a maximum of 1 mg every 3 or 4 days.

Alprazolam treatment should last whatever period your doctor deems appropriate, but it is recommended that this be for a brief period of no more than 3 months. If extended it should be for limited periods and under constant supervision. It is also important to not stop taking it suddenly, this decision should be reserved to the specialist.


If you take more alprazolam than that prescribed please contact your doctor as soon as possible. Overdose of this medication may cause serious disorders of the central nervous system from simple drowsiness to coma.


If you have forgotten to take your dose of alprazolam do not compensate for this with a double dose. If many hours have passed it is best to wait for the next dose.


Beware of suddenly interrupting alprazolam treatment as this is a drug that creates dependence and withdrawal symptoms can appear including: headache, muscle pain, anxiety, tension, irritability, insomnia, vomiting, tremors and hallucinations among others.


Taking alprazolam is not recommended in the following cases:

  • If you have allergy to alprazolam, benzodiazepines or other components present in alprazolam.
  • If you have breathing difficulties, whether these be related to sleep or not.
  • If you suffer from a disease that causes muscle weakness, such as myasthenia gravis.
  • If you have liver problems.
  • Do not use during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding. If you intend to become pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking alprazolam.
  • Not recommended for children or those under 18
  • In patients over 65 years this medication can often be more effective than in younger people so doctors may recommend a lower dose.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Follow the specific instructions that you discussed with your doctor.
  • Take the tablet with some liquid, do not chew.
  • Individual and daily doses should not exceed limits unless instructed by your doctor.

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