Generic Name(s): alprazolam
Drug Class: Benzodiazepine
Treats: Panic Disorder,Depressive Disorder ,Anxiety, Agoraphobia
Niravam is used to treat certain anxiety and panic disorders caused by depression. Anxiety and panic disorder occurs when panic and anxiety symptoms escalate into anxiety attacks and panic attacks. Panic attacks involve sudden feelings of terror that strike without warning at any time. Niravam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.
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Niravam acts on the brain and nerves to produce a calming effect and helps relieve panic and anxiety symptoms. Panic attacks are characterised by intense periods of fear developing over a very short period of time. Panic disorder involves recurrent panic attacks, not all panic attacks are caused by panic disorder as other conditions may also trigger a panic attack.
Symptoms include; sudden fear, dizziness, shortness of breath, sense of choking, sweating, trembling, chest pain, nausea, etc. Anxiety disorder is excessive and unrealistic worry over a period of at least six months and is associated with irritability, restlessness, muscle tension, sleep disturbances, fatigue, easy loss of concentration.
- Panic Disorder
- Depressive Disorder
Niravam dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Follow your medical professional's directions for best results.
Niravam is an orally administered drug and rapidly disintegrates when placed top of the tongue. It does not require water to aid dissolution or swallowing. There are some patients who will require greater dosages than usual depending on their needs. It is recommended the Niravam dosage to be reduced gradually when discontinuing therapy or when decreasing the daily dosage. Niravam is not recommended to patients under 18 years of age.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder Adults: Initial dose; 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg three times daily. A maximum daily dose of 4 mg at may be increased at 3 to 4 days intervals.
- Panic Disorder Adults: Controlled trials conducted show the mean dosage employed was approximately 5 mg to 6 mg daily.
Niravam Side Effects
Like any other drug, Niravam may cause side effects. You should contact your doctor if you suffer any severe side effects. Below you will find a list of Niravam side effects. Note that not all possible side effects are listed here.
A patient should notify the doctor if they are allergic to alprazolam or to other benzodiazepines (such as diazepam, lorazepam). Niravam may cause dizziness and lightheadedness and to minimise this, the patient is advised to stand slowly when rising. The patient should not drive, operate heavy machinery and avoid alcoholic beverages. The patient should notify the doctor if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur.
This list does not contain all side effects related to the use of Niravam.
- Mood changes such as hallucinations and thoughts of suicide
- Slurred speech Loss of coordination
- Trouble walking
- Memory problems
- Yellowing eyes or skin
The patient should tell the doctor of all drugs they use including drugs that cause drowsiness, sleep or anxiety, muscle relaxants, and psychiatric medicines. The patient should also not start, stop, or change the dosage of Niravam without your doctor's approval. Narcotic pain relievers and cigarette smoking can decrease blood levels of Niravam. Some medication may affect the removal of alprazolam from your body, which may affect how alprazolam works.
These products may interact with Niravam: