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 1,249 595
Panic Disorder 457 195
Social Anxiety Disorder 266 117
Insomnia 214 127
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 138 70
Panic attacks 117 72

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 53
Moderate 139
Mild 313
None 539

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lorazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 98
Sleepiness 42
Fatigue 24
Sedation 23
Dizziness 16
Tiredness 16

Show all 181 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lorazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 79
1mg as needed 78
1 mg daily 39
0.5 mg daily 35
1 mg twice daily 16
1 mg three times daily 16
2 mg daily 14
0.5 mg twice daily 9
0.5 mg three times daily 9
3 mg daily 9

See all 49 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lorazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 224
Other 162
Did not seem to work 158
Course of treatment ended 100
Side effects too severe 87
Personal research 30
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 636 patients who’ve stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration

Currently taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 101
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 68

Stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 119
1 - 6 months 148
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 91
2 - 5 years 105
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 25
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 640
Usually 214
Sometimes 148
Never taken as prescribed 42
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 64
A little hard to take 130
Not at all hard to take 830
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 6
$50-99 18
$25-49 32
< $25 570
Not specified 414

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lorazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 36
Alprazolam (Xanax) 33
Diazepam (Valium) 10
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) 16
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 7
Trazodone (Desyrel) 3

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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92 patient evaluations for Lorazepam

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dhaniboi
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dhaniboi
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 46y
  • Duration: 42 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
Surgery type: Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
26 seizures
this week
I am: n
I have:
Epilepsy

See dhaniboi's full Lorazepam history

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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KipWong
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KipWong
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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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
one_step_closer
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one_step_closer
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
30 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Borderline Personality

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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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