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 1,370 665
Panic disorder 538 255
Social anxiety disorder 298 147
Insomnia 219 138
Generalized anxiety disorder 155 79

Show all 247 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 152
Mild 357
None 623

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lorazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 104
Sleepiness 55
Fatigue 26
Sedation 23
Tiredness 22
Memory loss 16

Show all 134 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lorazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 74
1mg as needed 65
1 mg twice daily 28
1 mg daily 25
0.5 mg daily 21
0.5 mg twice daily 18
1 mg three times daily 13
2 mg daily 12
2mg as needed 9
0.5 mg three times daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Lorazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 257
Did not seem to work 186
Other 182
Course of treatment ended 104
Side effects too severe 97
Personal research 37
Change in health plan coverage 21
Expense 19
See all 713 patients who've stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration

Currently taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 89
5 - 10 years 100
10 years or more 73

Stopped taking Lorazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 140
1 - 6 months 154
6 months - 1 year 105
1 - 2 years 95
2 - 5 years 126
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 34
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 732
Usually 247
Sometimes 164
Never taken as prescribed 46
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 22
Somewhat hard to take 71
A little hard to take 140
Not at all hard to take 956
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 6
$50-99 20
$25-49 37
< $25 652
Not specified 469

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lorazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 54
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 51
Diazepam (Valium) 16
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 7
Sertraline (Zoloft) 5

Show all 42 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Lorazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 35
Alprazolam (Xanax) 28
Diazepam (Valium) 22
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 11
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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89 patient evaluations for Lorazepam

May 24, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is probably one of the best medications that I have been put on, with the miriad of medications that I have been put on this has been the one so far that has helped on a daily basis.

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Oct 1, 2009 (Started Feb 13, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 15, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for In March 2010 I began taking this as needed for anxiety and insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seizures)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: My doctor recently prescribed this to help me through the death and dying of my mother. I was exhausted and could not sleep. My father also had been in the hospital and I had stayed with him almost 24/7 and was basically running on nervous energy. Taking this MADE ME relax and take time to deal with the death of my mom and let others care for dad for a few days and allow myself to heal from a bad hurt and severe stress in order to not have seizures that I feel she knew would come if I did not rest. She and I both know well that STRESS is the main cause precursor to most of my seizures and she knew that at that time I was not making good judgment calls about my health. Thank You Christine!
Cost: < $25 monthly

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