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ALPRAZOLAM

Xanax (Alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness. Source: Iodine  *

*This description is for related drug Xanax

At a Glance: This Drug in 2014

60K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 780 of 3362

$2.19M
Retail Cost

Rank: 1198 of 3362

13,746
Patients

Rank: 841 of 3362

11,682
Prescribers

Rank: 779 of 3362

More info on related drug Xanax »

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73%

of people say

it's worth it

54%

of people say

it worked well

13%

of people say

it's a huge hassle
Alternatives:

Klonopin Valium Ativan

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

4,949

2011

9,855

2012

57.2K

2013

60K

2014

57.6K

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$272K

2011

$523K

2012

$2.4M

2013

$2.19M

2014

$1.74M

2015

Average Patient Cost

Average amount that patients without a low-income subsidy paid each year.

$44

2011

$51

2012

$63

2013

$64

2014

$67

2015

Note: While the rest of this page displays data from 2014, the charts above display data through 2015, from a special release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
New York 1,115 5,124 $198K
Texas 1,068 3,821 $144K
Indiana 761 3,377 $118K
Florida 899 3,161 $101K
North Carolina 708 3,060 $105K
New Jersey 662 3,008 $111K
Pennsylvania 649 2,913 $112K
California 700 2,802 $104K
Wisconsin 356 2,183 $85.3K
Tennessee 509 2,135 $72.6K
Michigan 572 2,103 $75.8K
Connecticut 326 1,837 $69.5K
Missouri 356 1,695 $60.8K
Ohio 382 1,576 $64.1K
Illinois 392 1,529 $56.2K
South Carolina 325 1,386 $49.6K
Louisiana 278 1,166 $42.5K
Georgia 334 1,163 $43.2K
Oklahoma 254 1,161 $39.7K
Virginia 287 1,111 $43.5K
Alabama 257 1,085 $35.7K
Maryland 241 1,057 $41.5K
Oregon 202 1,037 $37.6K
Minnesota 165 920 $34.9K
Arizona 228 912 $34.9K
Massachusetts 189 840 $33.8K
Kentucky 194 823 $32.4K
Colorado 198 812 $25.1K
Washington 163 670 $24.2K
Kansas 169 662 $27.2K
Nebraska 106 524 $23.8K
Mississippi 129 476 $16.9K
Iowa 78 435 $13.3K
Utah 80 395 $14.8K
New Hampshire 82 372 $12.2K
Vermont 51 312 $9,615
Maine 49 287 $7,617
West Virginia 60 262 $7,969
Arkansas 64 253 $8,463
Delaware 53 234 $8,541
Nevada 54 210 $9,596
New Mexico 34 170 $6,349
Rhode Island 31 160 $6,206
Montana 29 147 $5,372
Alaska 27 113 $3,201
Hawaii 20 101 $4,474
Idaho 34 92 $2,937
North Dakota 23 83 $2,742
District of Columbia 16 61 $2,068
South Dakota 11 53 $1,454
Wyoming 26 $886
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2014 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by more than 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 428,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Top prescribers for ALPRAZOLAM ER

Provider Medicare Claims City State
JOHN BATTAGLIA MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled242

MADISON

Wisconsin

ERIC MOFFET MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled168

KINGSPORT

Tennessee

KATE HALLER MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled137

UNION

New Jersey

MICHAEL SARIBALAS

Psychiatry

Claims Filled133

COLUMBUS

Ohio

KIMBERLY PECKHAM FNP, NPP

Specialist

Claims Filled129

OLEAN

New York

ROBERT JAMIESON M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled122

NASHVILLE

Tennessee

STEVEN FOGELMAN M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled119

ROME

New York

GEORGE GROVES M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled109

BEAUMONT

Texas

MICHELLE LEMON APRN

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health

Claims Filled99

LINCOLN

Nebraska

SHARLENE BANKS MSN,CNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric/Mental Health

Claims Filled97

NORTH VERNON

Indiana

CHAD SCHULTHEIS M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled93

BLOOMINGTON

Indiana

TEODORO BORDADOR MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled90

SALEM

Indiana

JAGPAL GOSAL MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled86

SEDALIA

Missouri

MARK HENIGAN D.O.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled85

MODESTO

California

FARHAD SHOLEVAR M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled84

ALLENTOWN

Pennsylvania

BERNARDO ARIAS MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled79

PORT CHARLOTTE

Florida

STEPHEN MOORE D.O.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled78

COOKEVILLE

Tennessee

DAVID MCELWAIN M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled75

TULSA

Oklahoma

SARAH HAIRGROVE ANP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health

Claims Filled73

LAKE CHARLES

Louisiana

ABEL GONZALEZ MD

Prescribing Medical Psychologist

Claims Filled71

BETHLEHEM

Pennsylvania

SHABBIR CHOWDHURY M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled71

FAYETTEVILLE

North Carolina

ZOSER MOHAMED M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled70

NISKAYUNA

New York

JAMES WALLACE M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled70

CHARLOTTE

North Carolina

KEVIN MURPHY M.D.

Geriatric Psychiatry

Claims Filled66

FORT WAYNE

Indiana

JOSEPH GARTNER MD

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Claims Filled64

EAST SETAUKET

New York