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 1,203 559
Panic Disorder 405 164
Social Anxiety Disorder 244 101
Insomnia 212 123
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 122 60
Panic attacks 115 68

Show all 264 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 48
Moderate 127
Mild 291
None 493

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lorazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 92
Sleepiness 37
Sedation 22
Fatigue 17
Dizziness 16
Loss of short term memory 14

Show all 171 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lorazepam

Dosage Patients
1mg as needed 60
0.5mg as needed 59
1 mg daily 27
0.5 mg daily 20
2 mg daily 13
1 mg twice daily 11
1 mg three times daily 10
0.5 mg twice daily 9
0.5 mg three times daily 7
3 mg daily 7

See all 46 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lorazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 208
Other 159
Did not seem to work 156
Course of treatment ended 97
Side effects too severe 79
Personal research 31
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 15
See all 611 patients who’ve stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration

Currently taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 75
5 - 10 years 81
10 years or more 59

Stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 113
1 - 6 months 148
6 months - 1 year 96
1 - 2 years 87
2 - 5 years 101
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 583
Usually 201
Sometimes 135
Never taken as prescribed 40
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 58
A little hard to take 116
Not at all hard to take 767
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 18
$25-49 29
< $25 526
Not specified 377

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lorazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 27
Alprazolam (Xanax) 26
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) 16
Diazepam (Valium) 14
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 4
Trazodone (Desyrel) 3

Show all 27 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)
53 seizures
3 weeks ago
I am: vg
I have:
Epilepsy

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Nov 19, 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

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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Tommy Maker
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Tommy Maker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: n
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 (Increased 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 (Increased 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 (Increased 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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Chelena
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Chelena
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 61
Condition: Undifferentiated Inflammatory Arthritis 22 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vb
I have:
Undifferentiated Inflammatory Arthritis

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Jul 25, 2016 (Started Aug 17, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Inability to sleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Horrifying nightmares)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Better sleep)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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