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 608 257
Muscle spasms 353 161
Stiffness/Spasticity 326 142
Insomnia 85 46
Epilepsy 45 28

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  • 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 85
Mild 182
None 343

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diazepam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 50
Drowsiness 34
Tiredness 19
Fatigue 18
Dry mouth 10
Grogginess 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 32
5mg as needed 30
10 mg daily 18
10mg as needed 18
5 mg twice daily 15
2mg as needed 13
10 mg twice daily 8
10 mg three times daily 8
2 mg three times daily 6
20 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Diazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 124
Other 99
Did not seem to work 82
Course of treatment ended 79
Side effects too severe 48
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 399 patients who've stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 55

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 83
1 - 6 months 90
6 months - 1 year 56
1 - 2 years 54
2 - 5 years 69
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 394
Usually 125
Sometimes 84
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 80
Not at all hard to take 501
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 7
$25-49 21
< $25 351
Not specified 253

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lorazepam (Ativan) 23
Alprazolam (Xanax) 20
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 20
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 6
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 4

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 13
Lorazepam (Ativan) 9
Alprazolam (Xanax) 8
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 5
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 3

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching to

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75 patient evaluations for Diazepam

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

May 2, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I saw no improvement in my nighttime leg spasms

  • 0 helpful marks
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