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 625 263
Muscle spasms 370 166
Stiffness/spasticity 331 144
Insomnia 86 48
Epilepsy 45 28

Show all 224 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
86
Mild
187
None
355

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diazepam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 52
Drowsiness 35
Tiredness 19
Fatigue 18
Dry mouth 10
Grogginess 10

Show all 116 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 40
5mg as needed 39
10 mg daily 19
10mg as needed 18
5 mg twice daily 15
2mg as needed 12
10 mg twice daily 10
10 mg three times daily 9
2 mg three times 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 132
Other 101
Did not seem to work 87
Course of treatment ended 82
Side effects too severe 50
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 418 patients who've stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 65
5 - 10 years 78
10 years or more 60

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 92
1 - 6 months 90
6 months - 1 year 58
1 - 2 years 57
2 - 5 years 72
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 407
Usually 128
Sometimes 86
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 81
Not at all hard to take 514
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 7
$25-49 21
< $25 363
Not specified 259

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lorazepam (Ativan) 26
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 24
Alprazolam (Xanax) 21
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 6
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 6

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 16
Alprazolam (Xanax) 11
Lorazepam (Ativan) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 5
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 4

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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75 patient evaluations for Diazepam

Jan 12, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (daytime sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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