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 1,331 643
Panic disorder 512 234
Social anxiety disorder 290 136
Insomnia 218 133
Generalized anxiety disorder 148 76
Panic attacks 125 75

Show all 241 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
148
Mild
341
None
604

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lorazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 102
Sleepiness 49
Fatigue 26
Sedation 23
Tiredness 22
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 15

Show all 185 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lorazepam

Dosage Patients
1mg as needed 74
0.5mg as needed 69
1 mg daily 39
0.5 mg daily 32
1 mg twice daily 24
0.5 mg twice daily 20
1 mg three times daily 20
2 mg daily 15
0.5 mg three times daily 14
2mg as needed 10

See all 53 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lorazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 248
Did not seem to work 176
Other 175
Course of treatment ended 104
Side effects too severe 93
Personal research 33
Change in health plan coverage 20
Expense 19
See all 685 patients who've stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration

Currently taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 108
5 - 10 years 118
10 years or more 80

Stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 130
1 - 6 months 155
6 months - 1 year 102
1 - 2 years 92
2 - 5 years 121
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 30
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 706
Usually 239
Sometimes 159
Never taken as prescribed 46
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 21
Somewhat hard to take 68
A little hard to take 145
Not at all hard to take 916
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 6
$50-99 20
$25-49 35
< $25 628
Not specified 456

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lorazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 48
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 43
Diazepam (Valium) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 6
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lorazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 32
Alprazolam (Xanax) 26
Diazepam (Valium) 22
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 8
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Lorazepam

Nov 16, 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

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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