What is Lorazepam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine used in the treatment of anxiety disorders. It is used intravenously for status epilepticus. It may also be used for alcohol detoxification, insomnia, partial complex seizures, agitation, and as part of antiemetic treatment.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 1,209 563
Panic Disorder 414 174
Social Anxiety Disorder 246 105
Insomnia 215 127
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 124 62
Panic attacks 115 69

Show all 262 reasons taken


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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 48
Moderate 132
Mild 301
None 497

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lorazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 95
Sleepiness 40
Sedation 22
Fatigue 21
Dizziness 16
Loss of short term memory 14

Show all 172 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lorazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 66
1mg as needed 62
1 mg daily 30
0.5 mg daily 28
0.5 mg three times daily 12
1 mg twice daily 11
2 mg daily 11
0.5 mg twice daily 9
1 mg three times daily 8
3 mg daily 7

See all 46 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lorazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 212
Other 161
Did not seem to work 157
Course of treatment ended 99
Side effects too severe 81
Personal research 31
Change in health plan coverage 16
Expense 16
See all 619 patients who’ve stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration

Currently taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 83
5 - 10 years 86
10 years or more 64

Stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 116
1 - 6 months 147
6 months - 1 year 97
1 - 2 years 88
2 - 5 years 102
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 24
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 596
Usually 201
Sometimes 141
Never taken as prescribed 40
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 58
A little hard to take 120
Not at all hard to take 782
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 18
$25-49 31
< $25 532
Not specified 388

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lorazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 28
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 28
Diazepam (Valium) 8
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3
Trazodone (Desyrel) 3

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lorazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 19
Alprazolam (Xanax) 18
Diazepam (Valium) 14
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 5
Trazodone (Desyrel) 3

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Lorazepam

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dhaniboi
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dhaniboi
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 46y
  • Duration: 42 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
Surgery type: Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
1 seizure
5 weeks ago
I am: vg
I have:
Epilepsy

See dhaniboi's full Lorazepam history

Jan 6, 2017 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 11, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 19, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 14, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 17, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 17, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 20, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 22, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 24, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Apr 26, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Mar 21, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: price hasn't changed since I transfered from Walmart.  There it changed every other month.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Feb 11, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: didn't sleep more than 3 hours the night before .
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jan 19, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: filled 1/13/16, not notified it was filled till 1/16/16. picked it up 1/19/16 thinking I had time.  the girl said it was ready to be reshelved 1/20/16 so I was lucky I got it today. Be nice if I was notified WHEN it was ready, thought I had 4 more days.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Dec 15, 2015 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: filled: 12/14/15
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Nov 16, 2015 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It was filled 11/13/2015.  go figure.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Nov 12, 2015 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: was told today I am unable to refill it for 26 days, I last filled it 10/18/15.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Oct 21, 2015 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures (partial focal))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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desi12
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I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Dec 25, 2016 (Started Mar 04, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I take as needed. Usually goes with my cycle.

Jun 11, 2015 (Started Mar 04, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: I only take when I am certain I need it. Usually 1/2 pill. I try GABA first. I simply don't like taking it as I do get tired and don't accomplish as much. It is helpful to take a whole one though to disrupt a crummy sleep pattern. Only be prepared to be tired the next day.

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Tommy Maker
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Tommy Maker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Aug 31, 2016 (Started May 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I'm now beginning to have breathing distress and this helps calm me down at such times Free on nhs
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 27, 2016 (Started May 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: One of my best treatments. Sleep is important to my condition and it's my view that this anxiety relieving medication helps enormously in this regard.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 16, 2015 (Started May 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: As effective as ever...
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 5, 2014 (Started May 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I now take 1mg every night. Very effective
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 20, 2014 (Started May 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Sleep was a very effective treatment for most illness. When I began waking in the middle of the night and finding it difficult to get back to sleep on account of anxiety, I was prescribed this. I feel it works very effectively. You can choose to take it before bed or if/when you wake up.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 29, 2012 (Started May 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Effective very quickly and aids sleep especially when anxiety may be preventing rest

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