What is Diazepam?

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Diazepam is a benzodiazepine primarily used to manage anxiety disorders, muscle spasms, and seizures. It may also be used for alcohol withdrawal symptoms, panic disorders, or as preoperative sedation and light anesthesia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 669 293
Muscle spasms 388 180
Stiffness/spasticity 341 154
Insomnia 87 50
Epilepsy 45 28

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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 Percentage
Severe 27
Moderate 89
Mild 198
None 359

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diazepam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 54
Drowsiness 39
Fatigue 18
Tiredness 18
Brain fog 11
Dry mouth 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients Percentage
5mg as needed 18
5 mg daily 13
5 mg twice daily 8
10 mg daily 7
20 mg daily 6
10 mg twice daily 5
10mg as needed 5
10 mg three times daily 4
2mg as needed 4
2 mg three times daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Diazepam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 134
Other 105
Did not seem to work 89
Course of treatment ended 82
Side effects too severe 54
Personal research 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 426 patients who've stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 89
1 - 6 months 91
6 months - 1 year 60
1 - 2 years 59
2 - 5 years 76
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 414
Usually 138
Sometimes 88
Never taken as prescribed 33
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 46
A little hard to take 86
Not at all hard to take 529
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 7
$25-49 22
< $25 371
Not specified 273

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 29
Lorazepam (Ativan) 24
Alprazolam (Xanax) 21
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 7
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 7

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lorazepam (Ativan) 18
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 17
Alprazolam (Xanax) 13
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 4
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 4

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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77 patient evaluations for Diazepam

Sep 15, 2019 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for nausea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 12, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 14, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 25, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 8, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nausea)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 11, 2018 (Started Jan 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: For some reason (possibly a side effect of the Lyrica, possibly just fibro) I sometimes wake in the night with a burning desire to stretch everything, and when I stop stretching any muscle it insists of being stretched again. I writhe on the bed and it's torturous. The valium does wonders for getting my muscles to chill out and has the added benefit of helping me fall (back) asleep.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 18, 2018 (Started Apr 17, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness increased)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I take it when I need help with my suicidal ideation. It does help, but I have then tired afterward.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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