What is Diazepam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 611 258
Muscle spasms 355 162
Stiffness/spasticity 326 142
Insomnia 85 46
Epilepsy 45 28

Show all 219 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 23
Moderate 85
Mild 183
None 344

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diazepam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 51
Drowsiness 35
Tiredness 19
Fatigue 18
Dry mouth 10
Grogginess 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 32
5mg as needed 32
10 mg daily 19
5 mg twice daily 15
10mg as needed 15
2mg as needed 13
10 mg three times daily 12
10 mg twice daily 8
4 mg daily 5
2 mg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Diazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 126
Other 100
Did not seem to work 82
Course of treatment ended 79
Side effects too severe 49
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 402 patients who've stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 58

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 83
1 - 6 months 91
6 months - 1 year 56
1 - 2 years 55
2 - 5 years 69
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 396
Usually 125
Sometimes 84
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 80
Not at all hard to take 503
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 7
$25-49 21
< $25 352
Not specified 254

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lorazepam (Ativan) 24
Alprazolam (Xanax) 20
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 20
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 6
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 4

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 14
Alprazolam (Xanax) 9
Lorazepam (Ativan) 9
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 5
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 3

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching to

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75 patient evaluations for Diazepam

Jul 14, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 14, 2017 (Started Sep 09, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 1, 2008 (Started Sep 09, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 2, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I saw no improvement in my nighttime leg spasms

  • 0 helpful marks
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