S 90 3

Generic Name: Alprazolam 2 mg

Anxiety is an intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. It is also a worry about future events and fear is a reaction to current events. These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness.

Panic attack is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks. They are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling that something really bad is going to happen.

Anxiety disorders are caused by genetic and environmental factors while cause of panic attack is unknown and oftentimes runs in the family. Both disorders may be treated with lifestyle changes, counseling and medications. One choice of medicine for these illnesses is S903 (Alprazolam 2mg).


Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety; panic disorder; depression; tinnitus; borderline personality disorder, and may also be used for other purposes. Benzodiazepines work to calm and sedate, thereby, this works by balancing chemicals in the brain which are affected in some people.

Dosage Forms

Alprazolam is available in short-acting tablets, long-acting tablets, oral solution, and orally-dissolving tablets.

Response and Effectiveness

Peak concentrations or duration of effect varies among individuals, weight, formulation, and in people who smoke.  Alprazolam tend to be more effective among Asians, and last longer among obese people.

Peak concentrations – 1-2 hours after taking immediate-release and orally disintegrating tablets

Consistent levels – attained 5 to 11 hours with extended-release forms.

Side Effects

Immediately call for emergency help with the following symptoms:

  • depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
  • racing thoughts, increased energy, unusual risk-taking behavior;
  • confusion, agitation, hostility, hallucinations;
  • uncontrolled muscle movements, tremor, seizure (convulsions); or
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest
  • allergic reactions such as hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Some people do not experience below side effects; however, if they persist or become bothersome, call your doctor.

  • drowsiness, feeling tired;
  • slurred speech, lack of balance or coordination;
  • memory problems; or
  • feeling anxious early in the morning.

Important information

Consult your doctor with these withdrawal symptoms: blurred vision, insomnia, sweating, and sometimes seizures.

Seek emergency help with these overdose symptoms: extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, and fainting.

Do not double dose in case of a missed dose. Immediately take the medicine as soon as you remember and do not take the dose if it is almost time for the next schedule.

Avoid use of this drug with the following:

  • if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, if you are taking itraconazole or ketoconazole, or if you are allergic to alprazolam or medicines of the same content
  • If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, and breastfeeding
  • do not take with alcohol

Misuse of this drug can cause addiction, overdose, and death.

Avoid purchasing from the internet as this drug may not be safe for use.

Inform the doctor your doctor the following:

  • medical history including medicines taken (prescription/non-prescription drugs, vitamins and supplements, herbal products, etc.)
  • if the medicine seems to stop working

Orally disintegrating tablet should not be swallowed whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.

Extended-release tablet should be swallowed whole, not crushed, chewed, or broken.

Liquid form of this medicine should be measured properly.

This drug is habit-forming. Use as prescribed and follow doctor’s advice.

Use caution with use among older adults for risk of accident and falls.

Alprazolam is not recommended for use by children below 18 years old.

Store in a safe place, away from other people’s reach and in room temperature away from moisture and heat.


This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


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