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Alprazolam (Xanax, Xanor) - Side Effects

Abstract: What are the side effects of alprazolam?

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Written by: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 28 Jul 2008.

What are the side effects of Alprazolam?

Answer:

  • If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Alprazolam and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
    • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives);
    • sores in the mouth or throat;
    • yellowing of the skin or eyes;
    • a rash;
    • hallucinations or severe confusion; or
    • changes in your vision.
  • Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Alprazolam and talk to your doctor if you experience
    • drowsiness, dizziness, or clumsiness;
    • depression;
    • nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, or constipation;
    • difficulty urinating;
    • vivid dreams;
    • headache;
    • dry mouth;
    • decreased sex drive; or
    • changes in behaviour.
  • Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
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