What is Lorazepam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Ativan APO-Lorazepam Ativan SL Show all

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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 1,231 581
Panic Disorder 443 192
Social Anxiety Disorder 260 116
Insomnia 215 127
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 135 70
Panic attacks 116 70

Show all 262 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 51
Moderate 139
Mild 307
None 528

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lorazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 97
Sleepiness 42
Sedation 23
Fatigue 22
Dizziness 16
Tiredness 15

Show all 175 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lorazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 73
1mg as needed 73
1 mg daily 36
0.5 mg daily 33
1 mg twice daily 16
1 mg three times daily 16
2 mg daily 14
0.5 mg three times daily 9
3 mg daily 9
0.5 mg twice daily 8

See all 45 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lorazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 221
Other 161
Did not seem to work 157
Course of treatment ended 101
Side effects too severe 84
Personal research 31
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 16
See all 632 patients who’ve stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration

Currently taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 96
5 - 10 years 95
10 years or more 67

Stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 119
1 - 6 months 148
6 months - 1 year 100
1 - 2 years 89
2 - 5 years 103
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 25
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 625
Usually 211
Sometimes 147
Never taken as prescribed 42
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 19
Somewhat hard to take 63
A little hard to take 128
Not at all hard to take 815
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 6
$50-99 18
$25-49 32
< $25 558
Not specified 407

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lorazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 35
Alprazolam (Xanax) 32
Diazepam (Valium) 9
Trazodone (Desyrel) 4
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lorazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 24
Alprazolam (Xanax) 21
Diazepam (Valium) 14
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 5
Trazodone (Desyrel) 3

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Lorazepam

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
30 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

See one_step_closer's full Lorazepam history

Feb 21, 2017 (Started Nov 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 12, 2015 (Started Nov 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 24, 2009 (Started Nov 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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
10 weeks ago
I am: vg
I have:
Epilepsy

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Feb 11, 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

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
  • 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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