What is Diazepam?

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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 579 239
Muscle spasms 363 150
Stiffness/Spasticity 312 130
Insomnia 81 42
Epilepsy 46 28
Pain 42 7

Show all 232 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 22
Moderate 78
Mild 170
None 320

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diazepam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 48
Drowsiness 36
Tiredness 18
Fatigue 15
Brain fog 10
Grogginess 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 34
5mg as needed 26
10 mg daily 17
2mg as needed 13
5 mg twice daily 11
10mg as needed 10
5 mg three times daily 9
10 mg three times daily 9
10 mg twice daily 7
20 mg daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Diazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 115
Other 91
Course of treatment ended 80
Did not seem to work 78
Side effects too severe 46
Personal research 16
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 379 patients who’ve stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 62
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 60

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 80
1 - 6 months 89
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 65
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 364
Usually 122
Sometimes 78
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 38
A little hard to take 73
Not at all hard to take 469
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 22
< $25 329
Not specified 233

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 17
Lorazepam (Ativan) 17
Alprazolam (Xanax) 15
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 6
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 3

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 11
Lorazepam (Ativan) 8
Alprazolam (Xanax) 7
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 4
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 3

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching to

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71 patient evaluations for Diazepam

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ltbeauti
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ltbeauti
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Feb 20, 2017 (Started Jun 07, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Night or sleep terrors)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2014 (Started Jun 07, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
MIKE GRIST
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MIKE GRIST
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 4
External Stress: Overwhelming
56 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Mild Depression

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Nov 13, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 8, 2015 (Started Aug 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

Mar 16, 2015 (Started Aug 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I Find that in very stressful situations this medication helps to slow down the mind, this helps me considerably. If taken excessively often i find that it does not work, it only works when really necessary. .. i also find that DIAZEPAM leaves a very bitter taste, advise plenty of liquid with this drug

  • 0 helpful marks
Spazzma
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Spazzma
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Sep 13, 2016 (Started Mar 14, 1978)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 7.5 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Take it religiously or you get mixed up. I am now in a Care Facility with my husband. My MS, depression & constant, horrific pain from the scoliosis and his brain tumor with successful removal with damage leaving him having to use his opposite side & no balance and in a Wheelchair all the time have caused me enormous anxiety. It's a relief to not to worry about meds on time.

  • 0 helpful marks
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