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 594 243
Muscle spasms 369 157
Stiffness/Spasticity 317 134
Insomnia 83 44
Epilepsy 46 29
Pain 42 7

Show all 235 reasons taken


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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 23
Moderate 79
Mild 176
None 330

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diazepam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 48
Drowsiness 36
Tiredness 18
Fatigue 16
Brain fog 10
Grogginess 10

Show all 117 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 31
5mg as needed 29
10 mg daily 20
5 mg twice daily 15
10mg as needed 15
2mg as needed 13
10 mg three times daily 12
20 mg daily 8
4 mg daily 7
5 mg three times daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Diazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 119
Other 95
Course of treatment ended 80
Did not seem to work 80
Side effects too severe 47
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 388 patients who’ve stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 66
5 - 10 years 60
10 years or more 56

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 82
1 - 6 months 90
6 months - 1 year 55
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 65
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 372
Usually 128
Sometimes 80
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 75
Not at all hard to take 484
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 22
< $25 335
Not specified 245

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 20
Lorazepam (Ativan) 19
Alprazolam (Xanax) 16
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 6
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 5

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 11
Lorazepam (Ativan) 9
Alprazolam (Xanax) 7
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 4
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 3

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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72 patient evaluations for Diazepam

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sparkifox
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sparkifox
Gender: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
31 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: vb
I have:
C-PTSD

See sparkifox's full Diazepam history

Mar 6, 2017 (Started Feb 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Groggy in morning)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was prescribed this as a nightly PRN originally at 10 mg. I did not want to develop a dependency, so I only took it a couple times a week when I needed good sleep. Sometimes I could even just take half and that would work, so I could check to see if I was developing a tolerance, and if so, I would stay off it for at least a week.

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ltbeauti
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ltbeauti
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 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

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MIKE GRIST
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MIKE GRIST
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
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

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