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Alprazolam (Xanax, Xanor) - Contraindications

Abstract: Who should not take alprazolam?

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Alprazolam (Xanax, Xanor) - Contraindications

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Written by: , 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.

Who should not take Alprazolam?


  • Patients who have narrow-angle glaucoma should not take Alprazolam. It may worsen this condition.
  • Before taking this medication, the patient should tell his/her doctor if he/she
    • has kidney disease;
    • has liver disease;
    • has asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or another respiratory disease; or
    • is depressed or has suicidal thoughts.
    They may not be able to take Alprazolam, or they may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment in such conditions.
  • Alprazolam is known to harm an unborn baby. Patients should not take this medication without first talking to their doctor about pregnancy.
  • It is not known whether Alprazolam passes into breast milk. Patients should not take this medication without first talking to their doctor if they are breast-feeding a baby.
  • If patients are over 65 years of age, they may be more likely to experience side effects from Alprazolam and may require a lower dose of this medication.
  • Alprazolam is not approved for use by children younger than 18 years of age.
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