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Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet

Manufacturer: Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Medicine composition: Alprazolam
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet is an effective drug prescribed to patients who have panic disorders and anxiety disorders as a result of depression. The drug controls the levels of certain unbalanced chemicals released by the brain in patients who suffer from depression. Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet is a part of a group of medicines which go by the name of benzodiazepine. This class of drugs work in a way through which they calm the brain and the central nervous system, preventing panic attacks.

The drug is meant for oral consumption and should not be chewed or swallowed whole. Allow the tablet to dissolve when you place it in your mouth before gulping it down. In case you are taking the liquid form of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet, measure it properly and only take the dosage that has been prescribed. This drug can become addictive, thus it should be kept away from individuals who have a history of drug addiction.

Before you start the drug be sure to research some general information about it. For instance, the drug is not meant for patients who suffer from problems like glaucoma and allergies. Inform your doctor if you have health issues like epileptic seizures, asthma, suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts, addiction to alcohol or drugs or take narcotic medication, to ensure if Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet is safe for consumption. Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet can result in birth defects. Therefore it cannot be taken by pregnant women. Traces of the drug has been found in breast milk too and can have a negative impact on the infant. Thus, nursing mothers are also advised not to take Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet.

Some side effects of the drug include tiredness, feeling sleepy, memory issues, and developing anxiousness. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms is also a common side effect of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet .

Misuse of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet can result in over dosage and even death in extreme cases.

Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Uneasiness, difficulty in sleeping, sweating of hands and feet are some of the symptoms of anxiety disorder.
Panic disorder
Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of the panic disorder. Sweating, breathing problem, weakness and numbness in hands are some of the symptoms of panic disorder.
Avoid taking this medicine if you have a known allergy to Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet or other benzodiazepines.
Azole antifungal agents
Avoid taking this medicine If you are using azole antifungal agents like Ketoconazole and Itraconazole. These medicines will increase the concentration of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet by increasing its availability in the body.
In addition to its intended effect, Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Changes in pattern of speech Major Common
Unsteadiness Major Common
Loss of coordination Major Common
Drowsiness Major Common
Blurred vision Major Less Common
Abdominal pain Major Less Common
Difficulty or painful urination Major Less Common
Headache Major Less Common
Chest pain Major Rare
Sleeplessness Major Rare
Irregular menstrual periods Minor Common
Decreased appetite Minor Common
Weight loss Minor Common
Double vision Minor Less Common
Sudden sweating Minor Less Common
Acid or sour stomach Minor Rare
Heartburn Minor Rare
How long is the duration of effect?
This medicine is excreted in urine and the effect lasts for a duration of 44 hours for an immediate release tablet and 52 hours for an extended release tablet / disintegrating tablet.
What is the onset of action?
The peak effect can be observed in 1 to 2 hours for an immediate release tablet, 1.5 to 2 hours for a disintegrating tablet and 9 hours for an extended release tablet.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women. Use only if clearly required under the supervision of the doctor.
Is it habit forming?
Habit forming tendency has been reported
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medicine is known to excreted through human breast milk. It is not recommended for breastfeeding women.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet, and hence can be used as its substitute.
Wockhardt Ltd
Wockhardt Ltd
La Pharmaceuticals
Missed Dose instructions
If you miss a dose of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructions
Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
India
United States
Japan
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Glaucoma Major
Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet is known to increase the fluid pressure inside the eye. It is contraindicated in acute narrow-angle glaucoma which is an eye disorder.
Seizure disorders Major
The sudden stop of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet may cause withdrawal effects and can precipitate seizures. The dose should be reduced gradually. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting the doctor.
Interaction with Alcohol
Acute alcohol intoxication Major
Consumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it increases the risk of depression and breathlessness.
Interaction with Lab Test
Lab
Information not available.
Interaction with Food
Grape fruit juice Moderate
Grapefruit juice should be consumed with Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet. Alternatively, you can consume orange juice which does not affect the medicine.
Interaction with Medicine
Cetirizine Moderate
Use of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet with cetirizine or levocetirizine should be avoided if possible. Do not operate heavy machinery if you are using these medicines. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.
Metoclopramide Moderate
Use of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet with metoclopramide should be avoided if possible. Do not operate heavy machinery if you are using these medicines. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.
Opioids Major
Opioids like morphine, codeine, tramadol, hydrocodone or any cough preparations containing these medicines should be avoided when you are on Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet or other benzodiazepines. Appropriate dose adjustments are to be made if coadministration is needed and monitoring of sedation, breathlessness, and hypotension is necessary.
Azole antifungal agents Major
Azole antifungal agents like ketoconazole and itraconazole should be avoided when you are Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet due to the risk of increased concentrations of the medicine in the body which may cause increased sedation and changes in ECG. Inform the doctor if you are receiving these medicines when you are prescribed with Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet. If coadministration is needed then alternative medicines like lorazepam and oxazepam could be considered.
Antihypertensives Moderate
You may experience hypotensive effects like dizziness, lightheadedness if these medicines are used together. Regular monitoring of blood pressure is necessary. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.

Popular Questions & Answers

How much tablets of alprax. 25 mg can b given for a sound sleep? Can it b given in green tea at night also?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
How much tablets of alprax. 25 mg can b given for a sound sleep?
Can it b given in green tea at night also?
Hi Gagan.. Alprax is not a sleep medicine... it is to calm the mind... Better consult for it... and don't try to give it directly... you may injure yourself or some other...

I eating 6Parvon cap. And alprax tab since 2004 .Now I want give up. Please help me.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I eating 6Parvon cap. And alprax tab since 2004 .Now I want give up. Please help me.
Taper the medication and stop and Apart from taking symptomatic treatment I will suggest you to take injection vitcofol 2cc intramuscularly every alternate days for five pricks over the buttocks through a health professional

I have the addiction symptoms taking spasm proxyvon and alprax for more than 4 years.

M.B.B.S., D.N.B. (Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Panchkula
Both spasmo-proxyvon and alprax can cause addiction and taking it for so long can cause dependence. For stopping any dependence forming substance most important thing is persistent motivation, support and good detoxification measure. If tried leaving on own you may face withdrawal symptoms. There are various detoxification treatment available with high success rate. Consult a nearby psychiatric clinic or you can consult me for any help required. Best wishes.

Does alprax overdose really lead to death? I am bit concerned about someone Please respond Thanks.

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Ahmedabad
Does alprax overdose really lead to death? I am bit concerned about someone
Please respond
Thanks.
Yes. High over dose may lead to even death. Depends on the dose consumed and his premorbid conditions.
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I can't sleep well. Hardly I sleep 3-4 hours. Can you help me. I take stilnoct 6.25 and alprax. 25 in the night. Tw.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
I can't sleep well. Hardly I sleep 3-4 hours. Can you help me. I take stilnoct 6.25 and alprax. 25 in the night. Tw.
In 60 years the leep is less and you have to stop worrying . It will be better to discuss it with a doctor and look for any disease .
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Constant Ringing in Ears - Causes + Treatment

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ENT Specialist, Delhi
Constant Ringing in Ears - Causes + Treatment

Tinnitus is a disorder which is characterized by a constant perception of a ringing noise in the ears. This is not the condition in itself, rather it signals some other underlying condition such as an ear injury or age related hearing loss. It is not a serious condition, although the symptoms can worsen with age. If you are affected by this disorder, you might experience or ‘hear’ a constant ringing sensation in the ears, even if there are no external sources of noise. These sounds could range from being a buzzing, ringing, to a hissing sound. This condition has mighty chances of interfering with your daily routine.

It is classified into two types:

  1. Objective tinnitus: This disorder is caused by muscle contractions or a blood vessel problem.
  2. Subjective tinnitus: The more commonly occurring type, it is caused by damage to the auditory nerves or regions of the brain that interpret sound.

The causes of this disorder are:

  1. Exposure to loud noise: If you are exposed to loud noises such as the ones emanating from firearms or heavy machinery over a prolonged period, it can lead to tinnitus.
  2. Aging: Aging can cause progressive loss of hearing, thus triggering tinnitus.
  3. Blockage of the ear: There is earwax present in the ears, the function of which is to trap dirt and bacteria. Excessive earwax accumulation leads to loss of hearing, resulting in tinnitus.
  4. Modifications of the ear bone: Any stiffening of the middle bone in the ear could impair your hearing and result in this condition.

Certain factors such as smoking, age, sex (men are prone to this disorder) and heart related disorders increase the risks of being affected by this condition.

Treatment
The treatment of this condition begins with the identification of the underlying condition, if any. The various treatment options are –

  1. Removal of earwax: Excess earwax has gotten rid of which can relieve symptoms of tinnitus.
  2. Suppression of noise: Certain machines, known as white noise machines, produce random sounds such as the sound of rain or the sounds of waves, thus eliminating the ‘hearing’ of sounds which are common to this condition.
  3. Medications: Certain medications such as alprazolam and nortriptyline can help reduce the severity of the symptoms. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ent-specialist.
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Frequently Asked Questions On Mental Health

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Psychiatrist, Kollam
Frequently Asked Questions On Mental Health

Frequently Asked Questions on Mental Health:

1. Are mental health problems similar to other health problems? If so, why is there so much stigma about it?

Mental health problems (psychiatric disorders), in one sense, are similar to other diseases like neurological disorders, heart disease, kidney problems etc. Commonly if anyone develops a disease, he or she goes to the concerned doctor immediately. Also he tells other people about the disease.

But if anyone is affected in his mind, he does not tell anybody about it, nor does he go to a doctor. This is because if it is known to others that somebody is having a mental health (psychiatric) problem, our society gives him titles like “mad” or “mental”.

We need to remember that any one of us can be affected in our minds at any point of time. So, each one of us needs to change our attitude towards those innocent people whose mental health is affected. Then only we can take them to the right doctor at the right time and help them.

2. How do people commonly develop mental health problems?

There is no one in the world who does not have any problem. Any person at any time can be affected in his mind through some loss or failure or other problems in life. Some people come out of those difficulties. But some people keep on thinking about the problems and are affected in their minds. There will be neurochemical changes in their brains. And there will be changes in their behaviour, which manifest as mental health problems.

3. What are the common symptoms of mental health problems?

The common symptoms are fear, suspicion, depression, anxiety, stress, sleep problems, suicidal thoughts, hearing voices in the ear when all alone, talking/ muttering/ smiling all alone, violent behaviour, suspecting spouse’s (wife’s or husband’s) fidelity (faithfulness) falsely, other strange experiences and behaviour etc.

People also can have memory problems, problems in food intake, sexual problems, diseases for which no cause could be found, addiction to alcohol, nicotine (smoking), drugs, social media, video games, internet etc., personality disorders, anger control problems, interpersonal conflicts, family problems, marriage related problems, career and job related problems, learning problems, guilt, spiritual conflicts etc. Children and teenagers also can develop behavioural and emotional problems because of various reasons.

4. How should these symptoms be approached?

All of these should be treated promptly and appropriately. Mental health problem is not something to be covered up. One has to take treatment and counselling for mental health problems just like one takes treatment for other diseases. Then it can be controlled effectively.

5. Is mental health so important?

Many of you would be familiar with this famous proverb “Sound mind in a sound body”. It points to the proven fact that our body and mind are so deeply related to each other. If you have problems in your mind like fear and anxiety, it can affect your body by making you physically weak and prone to various bodily illnesses. Likewise if you have physical ailments, it can affect your mental health also. Research shows that many physical disorders are predisposed, precipitated and exacerbated by many mental health problems.

6. People say that if you start taking psychiatric medicines, then you have to take life long. Is it true?

No; not at all. This is a common myth. Once the symptoms become better with medicines and counselling, your Psychiatrist can taper medicines slowly. But, please don’t stop or adjust the dose without Psychiatrist’s advice. If you do that, the symptoms may come back and you may need higher doses of medicines.

7. Are all psychiatric medicines addictive and having serious side effects?

No; not at all. This is another common myth. Only Benzodiazepine group among psychiatric drugs, is addictive. It includes Alprazolam, Diazepam, Nitrazepam, Lorazepam, Clonazepam etc. A good Psychiatrist will prescribe these only if they are really needed for you for controlling severe symptoms, and he will try to taper them at the earliest, so that you do not get addicted to it.

If psychotherapy (counselling) is also given along with medicines, you may need only smaller doses of medicines. A good Psychiatrist will choose a medicine which suits each particular patient so that side effects would be minimum or almost nil. He will always monitor you for any emerging side effect. If needed, he will adjust the dose of medicines, or change over to other medicines with lesser possibility of side effects, or add another medicine to counter the side effects.

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About Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet
When is Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet?
What are the side effects of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet?
Key highlights of Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet
What are the substitutes for Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet?
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet approved?
What are the interactions for Alprax 0.5 MG Tablet?