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Alprazolam : Interaction with Food, Herbs and Alcohol

Interaction of Alprazolam with Food, Herbs and Alcohol - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine, prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders.


Alprazolam Interactions with Food and Herbs

Grapefruit Juice: Grapefruit juice may increase the concentration of alprazolam in the blood.
Kava : Alprazolam interacts with Kava (Piper methysticum) resulting in excessive drowsiness.
Hypericum species (St. John's wort) : St.John's Wort interacts with alprazolam and lowers the plasma level of the drug thereby reducing its therapeutic effect.

Alprazolam Interactions with Alcohol

Alcohol adds to the effect of alprazolam on central nervous system (CNS) resulting in excessive drowsiness and decreased motor skills.

How to Take the Medication -

Alprazolam is available only on prescription. It comes in the form of a tablet, extended release tablet, an orally disintegrating tablet (that can dissolve easily in the mouth) and as a concentrated solution (liquid) to take orally (by mouth). Follow the instructions exactly as on the label. Do not take more than the prescribed amount. Extended release tablets are usually taken once daily while the tablet, orally disintegrating tablets and concentrated solution are taken two to four times a day.
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