Peculiarities of taking the drug farmapram (alprazolam)
Farmapram (alprazolam) is used to treat neurotic and neurosis-like disorders with manifestations of anxiety, including those associated with depression. Panic disorders. Farmapram is intended for oral administration. The drug Alprazolam is taken regardless of meals. As a rule, it is recommended to divide the daily dose into 2-3 doses. The duration of therapy and doses of alprazolam are determined individually. When selecting a dose, the patient’s condition, tolerability of alprazolam should be carefully monitored and, taking into account the effect achieved, the dose should be adjusted.
Adults in panic disorder and depressive states are usually prescribed alprazolam in an initial dose of 0.1-0.2 mg twice or three times a day. If necessary, 1-2 weeks after the beginning of therapy, the dose of alprazolam is gradually increased (it is recommended to start increasing the dose in the evening, and then increase the morning dose). The recommended therapeutic dose is 3-6 mg of alprazolam per day.
Weakened patients and elderly patients are not recommended to prescribe more than 0.25 mg of alprazolam three times a day. If necessary, the dose may be increased under the careful supervision of medical personnel.
For anxiety, sleep disorders and restlessness, a dose of 0.7-1.5 mg of alprazolam per day is usually recommended. If necessary, the dose is gradually increased to 3-4.5 mg alprazolam per day. The highest recommended daily dose of alprazolam is 10 mg. The duration of therapy in acute conditions is 3-5 days. During prolonged therapy, alprazolam is taken for up to 3 months.
It is recommended to decrease the dose of alprazolam by 500 micrograms every 3 days during 2 to 6 weeks. With abrupt termination of therapy with alprazolam, withdrawal syndrome may develop. Depending on the patient’s condition and response to dose reduction, the period of withdrawal of Alprazolam may be increased. When selecting a dose, it should be taken into account that patients who have not previously received psychotropic drugs have a better response to the drug Alprazolam (lower doses are required to achieve therapeutic effect) than patients who have previously received antidepressants and anxiolytics.
Alprazolam is not administered to patients with a history of hypersensitivity reactions to the active or additional components of the drug.
Alprazolam tablets are not prescribed for patients with lactose intolerance. Alprazolam is not used for therapy of patients with respiratory insufficiency, manifested renal and hepatic dysfunction, myasthenia, acute glaucoma, and acute alcohol, psychotropic, narcotic or hypnotic drugs poisoning.
Alprazolam is not used in pediatric practice.
Alprazolam should not be administered to patients with alcoholism (during therapy with Alprazolam the use of alcoholic drinks and drugs containing ethyl alcohol is prohibited).
During administration of Alprazolam, do not engage in activities that require increased concentration and speed of psychomotor reactions.