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 631 267
Muscle spasms 372 169
Stiffness/spasticity 333 145
Insomnia 87 48
Epilepsy 45 28

Show all 226 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 190
None 359

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 114 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients
5mg as needed 42
5 mg daily 38
10mg as needed 21
10 mg daily 20
5 mg twice daily 16
10 mg three times daily 13
2mg as needed 12
10 mg twice daily 11
20 mg daily 7
2 mg twice daily 6

See all 55 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Diazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 131
Other 101
Did not seem to work 87
Course of treatment ended 83
Side effects too severe 50
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 417 patients who've stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 68
5 - 10 years 76
10 years or more 68

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 92
1 - 6 months 90
6 months - 1 year 57
1 - 2 years 57
2 - 5 years 72
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 411
Usually 130
Sometimes 87
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 82
Not at all hard to take 520
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 7
$25-49 21
< $25 365
Not specified 264

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 25
Lorazepam (Ativan) 25
Alprazolam (Xanax) 23
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) 12
Alprazolam (Xanax) 11
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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