Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Alprazolam
Last updated on June 26, 2019.
GENERIC NAME: Alprazolam
CHINESE NAME: 阿普唑侖
COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Alprax, Xanax
What is Alprazolam for?
Alprazolam belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines, which are used for the acute short-term treatment of anxiety. Your doctor or dentist may prescribe Alprazolam (e.g. Xanax) to help prevent anxiety and provide light sedation prior to a medical or dental procedure.
How to use it?
Alprazolam (Xanax) can be taken orally. The usual adult dosage is 250-500 micrograms 3 times daily, you may increase if necessary up to 3 mg daily upon professional advice. As for debilitated patients, you may use elderly dose, which is 250 micrograms 2-3 times daily and increase if necessary up to 3 mg daily.
What are the side effects of Alprazolam?
Common side effects of Alprazolam include decreased alertness, dizziness and drowsiness, nausea, and sleep disorders. Gait and coordination problems (ataxia) and confusion is more commonly seen in elderly; whereas respiratory depression may occur with high doses of alprazolam, when combined with opioid medications, and when used intravenously.
Where to buy Alprazolam in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Alprazolam is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
For detailed information about the use of Alprazolam in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.