al·​praz·​o·​lam | \ al-ˈpra-zə-ˌlam How to pronounce alprazolam (audio) \

Definition of alprazolam

: a benzodiazepine tranquilizer C17H13ClN4 used especially to treat mild to moderate anxiety

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Recent Examples on the Web Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam, diazepam and lorazepam can be helpful when taken on a short-term basis. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Benzodiazepines might be a 'hidden element' of the US' overdose epidemic -- and doctor visits for prescriptions are increasing," 20 Jan. 2020 The recall involves alprazolam tablets, USP C-IV, 0.5 mg in 500-count bottles, lot No. 8082708, with a September 2020 expiration date. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Xanax batch recalled nationwide for "potential presence of foreign substance"," 29 Oct. 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that hydrocodone and alprazolam both come with risk of opioid addiction. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky pharmacist who was one of the US' largest opioid buyers is charged," 28 Jan. 2020 Xanax, also called alprazolam, is primarily used to manage anxiety and panic disorders, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "ASU student found dead in Tempe fraternity housing died of mixed drug intoxication," 28 Jan. 2020 Petty had a mixture of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl in his system. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Tom Petty’s wife, daughters 'resolve differences,' end court battle," 18 Dec. 2019 On May 13, 2018, Reis obtained alprazolam, also known as Xanax, from Salas and gave it to his girlfriend, 19-year-old Ramirez, who later died of a drug overdose, authorities said. Amanda Marrazzo,, "Cary woman who victim’s family said ‘delivered the ammunition’ that led to fatal Xanax overdose sentenced to four years," 25 Oct. 2019 The medical examiner's office determined the student died of intoxication from a combination of methadone and alprazolam, also known as Xanax. Fox News, "Washington State University fraternity member's death may have been alcohol-related, investigators say," 13 Nov. 2019 The makers of a generic form of Xanax called alprazolam are recalling the drug over concerns that it was contaminated with a foreign substance. Korin Miller,, "An Anti-Anxiety Medication Was Just Recalled Due to a 'Risk of Infection'—Here's What to Know," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of alprazolam

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alprazolam

alprazol- (perhaps from rearrangement of letters in triazole — compound with a ring composed of two carbon and three nitrogen atoms — and benzodiazepine) + -am (as in diazepam)

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“Alprazolam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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Medical Definition of alprazolam

: a benzodiazepine tranquilizer C17H13ClN4 used especially in the treatment of mild to moderate anxiety — see xanax

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