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 557 221
Muscle spasms 352 144
Stiffness/Spasticity 303 123
Insomnia 80 42
Epilepsy 47 28
Pain 42 7

Show all 229 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 21
Moderate 77
Mild 162
None 301

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diazepam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 47
Drowsiness 34
Tiredness 17
Fatigue 14
Brain fog 10
Grogginess 10

Show all 108 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 26
5mg as needed 21
10 mg daily 15
10mg as needed 15
5 mg twice daily 10
10 mg twice daily 9
5 mg three times daily 8
2mg as needed 7
20 mg daily 6
30 mg daily 6

See all 45 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Diazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 113
Other 88
Course of treatment ended 80
Did not seem to work 76
Side effects too severe 44
Personal research 16
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 372 patients who’ve stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 53

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 77
1 - 6 months 87
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 51
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 347
Usually 114
Sometimes 77
Never taken as prescribed 23
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 445
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 22
< $25 310
Not specified 223

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lorazepam (Ativan) 17
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 15
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) 12
Alprazolam (Xanax) 7
Lorazepam (Ativan) 7
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 3

Show all 21 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: 4
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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