What is Farmapram called in the US?
Medically reviewed by Leigh Ann Anderson, PharmD. Last updated on March 12, 2021.
In the U.S., Farmapram is called alprazolam (brand name: Xanax). Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorder. Farmapram appears to be a common name for alprazolam in Mexico and may be manufactured in that country.
In the U.S. alprazolam is classified as a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) due to a the possibility of misuse, addiction, and diversion. Alprazolam and other members of the benzodiazepine class may lead to risks of abuse, misuse, addiction, physical dependence, and withdrawal reactions.
Can I bring Farmapram into the U.S?
It can be dangerous to purchase alprazolam on the Internet or outside the U.S. Pharmaceutical laws outside the U.S. may not comply with safe-use regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medications purchased in other countries may contain dangerous ingredients, may be counterfeit, or may not be distributed by a legal pharmacy. It may be against the law to bring these products into the US from a foreign country.
According to the FDA, when you come to the U.S. with medications, you fall under the authority of the FDA, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents operating the nation’s airports. There are varying restrictions, and different agencies may have other requirements or jurisdiction over a product. So check with each agency before you plan to travel with medications into the country.
What is alprazolam used for?
In the US, alprazolam is classified as a benzodiazepine and is approved by the FDA to treat:
- anxiety disorder
- panic disorder
Alprazolam may also be prescribed by your doctor to treat “off-label” conditions such as:
- chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- social phobia
Unapproved, or "off-label" uses of alprazolam are uses that have not been approved by the FDA and are not found in the package labeling. However, some doctors may have had good experience using alprazolam in an "off-label" fashion, and it may be an accepted use even though not specifically listed in the product label.
- Benzodiazepines can be dangerous and addictive should only be used if specifically prescribed for you by your doctor.
- Using any benzodiazepine with an opiate may result in profound sedation, slowed or stopped breathing, coma, and death. Opiates include prescription medicines like hydrocodone or oxycodone, and illegal drugs like heroin.
- Fatal side effects can occur if you take alprazolam with alcohol, opioid medicine, or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
This is not all the information you need to know about this medicine for safe and effective use and does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your treatment. Review the full alprazolam information here, and discuss this information and any questions you have with your doctor or other health care provider.
- 5 Tips for Traveling to the U.S. With Medications. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Consumer Updates. Accessed March 12, 2021 at https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/5-tips-traveling-us-medications
- Farmapram. International. Drugs.com. Accessed March 12, 2021 at https://www.drugs.com/international/farmapram.html
- Alprazolam. Monograph. Accessed March 12, 2021 at Drugs.com https://www.drugs.com/alprazolam.html
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