alprazolam, Xanax, Xanax XR, Niravam (cont.)

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Alprazolam can lead to addiction (dependency), especially at high doses over prolonged periods of time. Abrupt discontinuation of alprazolam after prolonged use can lead to symptoms of withdrawal such as insomnia, headaches, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, sweating, anxiety, and fatigue. Seizures can occur in more severe cases of withdrawal. Consequently, patients on alprazolam for extended periods of time should slowly taper the medication under a doctor's supervision rather than abruptly stopping the medication.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/5/2013


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