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 564 228
Muscle spasms 357 146
Stiffness/Spasticity 308 125
Insomnia 80 42
Epilepsy 46 28
Pain 42 7

Show all 228 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 21
Moderate 78
Mild 165
None 309

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diazepam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 47
Drowsiness 35
Tiredness 18
Fatigue 14
Brain fog 10
Grogginess 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 27
5mg as needed 23
10 mg daily 15
10mg as needed 12
10 mg three times daily 10
5 mg twice daily 9
2mg as needed 9
10 mg twice daily 8
2 mg daily 7
5 mg three times daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Diazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 113
Other 90
Course of treatment ended 80
Did not seem to work 77
Side effects too severe 45
Personal research 16
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 375 patients who’ve stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 56

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 77
1 - 6 months 89
6 months - 1 year 54
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 352
Usually 119
Sometimes 78
Never taken as prescribed 24
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 37
A little hard to take 69
Not at all hard to take 457
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 22
< $25 317
Not specified 228

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 17
Lorazepam (Ativan) 17
Alprazolam (Xanax) 14
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 6
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 2

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diazepam and switched to:

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

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching to

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71 patient evaluations for Diazepam

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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: 4
External Stress: Overwhelming
56 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Mild Depression

See MIKE GRIST's full Diazepam history

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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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.

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maryjane=fibro_less
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maryjane=fibro_less
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 37
Condition: Familial Mediterranean Fever 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Familial Mediterranean Fever

See maryjane=fibro_less's full Diazepam history

Apr 10, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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