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 1,309 631
Panic disorder 494 224
Social anxiety disorder 290 134
Insomnia 218 132
Generalized anxiety disorder 145 75
Panic attacks 123 72

Show all 240 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 57
Moderate 145
Mild 333
None 591

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lorazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 100
Sleepiness 45
Fatigue 26
Sedation 23
Tiredness 22
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 15

Show all 183 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lorazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 76
1mg as needed 73
1 mg daily 36
0.5 mg daily 32
1 mg twice daily 22
1 mg three times daily 20
2 mg daily 18
0.5 mg twice daily 15
0.5 mg three times daily 10
1 mg four times daily 10

See all 51 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lorazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 238
Did not seem to work 170
Other 170
Course of treatment ended 103
Side effects too severe 90
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 20
Expense 18
See all 665 patients who've stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration

Currently taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 104
5 - 10 years 126
10 years or more 61

Stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 126
1 - 6 months 153
6 months - 1 year 101
1 - 2 years 91
2 - 5 years 113
5 - 10 years 56
10 years or more 28
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 690
Usually 234
Sometimes 157
Never taken as prescribed 45
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 21
Somewhat hard to take 66
A little hard to take 142
Not at all hard to take 897
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 6
$50-99 19
$25-49 34
< $25 616
Not specified 446

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lorazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 48
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 41
Diazepam (Valium) 11
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 4

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lorazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 32
Alprazolam (Xanax) 24
Diazepam (Valium) 20
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 8
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Lorazepam

Aug 27, 2017 (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

Jul 25, 2017 (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

Jun 29, 2017 (Started Jul 15, 2003)

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

May 30, 2017 (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 2, 2017 (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

Apr 5, 2017 (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
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 8, 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
Advice & Tips: taken daily since last appointment. ordered 3/1/17, filled 3/07/17; Blamed doctor's office for not authorizing it on time since I was out.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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Jul 28, 2017 (Started Oct 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take one right before bedtime, makes me sleep like a baby
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 28, 2017 (Started Oct 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take 2 hours before bed, Makes me sleep like a baby. Will take dose as needed when having breathing episode or trouble breathing, maybe once a week
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 23, 2016 (Started Oct 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take 2 hours before bed, Makes me sleep like a baby.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 23, 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

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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