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 636 269
Muscle spasms 373 171
Stiffness/spasticity 337 151
Insomnia 88 51
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 191
None 366

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diazepam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 52
Drowsiness 37
Tiredness 19
Fatigue 18
Dry mouth 10
Grogginess 10

Show all 92 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients
5mg as needed 37
5 mg daily 31
10 mg daily 15
5 mg twice daily 14
10mg as needed 14
10 mg three times daily 12
10 mg twice daily 10
2mg as needed 9
5 mg three times daily 7
20 mg daily 6

See all 56 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Diazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 133
Other 102
Did not seem to work 86
Course of treatment ended 83
Side effects too severe 51
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 419 patients who've stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 78
10 years or more 60

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 91
1 - 6 months 89
6 months - 1 year 58
1 - 2 years 58
2 - 5 years 73
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 415
Usually 134
Sometimes 86
Never taken as prescribed 31
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 83
Not at all hard to take 527
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 7
$25-49 21
< $25 372
Not specified 265

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 27
Lorazepam (Ativan) 24
Alprazolam (Xanax) 21
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 6
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 6

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 16
Lorazepam (Ativan) 14
Alprazolam (Xanax) 10
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 5
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 4

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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76 patient evaluations for Diazepam

Mar 12, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (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

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

Mar 5, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Don't start taking it unless you really need it and have tried other treatments with no success
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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