Alprazolam is a generic form of Xanax that is used to treat anxiety and panic conditions. Alprazolam is made by Mylan Pharmaceuticals and they just issued a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of its 0.5 milligram alprazolam tablets. The Food and Drug Administration reports that the drug is being recalled because it is believed that this particular batch was contaminated with a foreign substance.
While the foreign substance isn't named in the recall, there is a concern that there is a “remote risk of infection” if it is ingested. The Food and Drug Administration reported that there haven't been any confirmed cases of infection but Mylan is playing it safe by issuing the recall. The batch of pills that are being recalled were distributed in the U.S. between July 2019 and August 2019. The recalled lot has a national drug code (NDC) of 0378-4003-05, a lot number of 8082708, and an expiration date of September 2020.
If you take this medication and have an affected batch, the Food and Drug Administration is advising that you contact Stericycle, which is a medical waste company at the following number: 1-888-843-0255. After informing them about your recalled tablets, they'll send you to documentation packet in which you can safely return the medication to them.
If you've already taken some of the recalled pills and are experiencing any medical issues, you should call your doctor immediately. If you have a batch of the pills that have been recalled but haven't experienced any negative side effects, you should stop taking the pills and call your doctor to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Your doctor will be able to assess whether or not you are at risk of infection and also prescribe you an alternative medication, like Ativan and Valium. If you like Alprazolam and don't want to switch medications, your doctor may also be able to prescribe an alternative dosage of the same drug that hasn't been impacted by the recall. If you are unable to see your doctor immediately but need the medication for your anxiety condition, it's still advised that you call your doctor right away. They may be able to prescribe something else for you in the interim until you are able to see them.
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