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 600 254
Muscle spasms 374 163
Stiffness/Spasticity 322 139
Insomnia 84 45
Epilepsy 46 29
Pain 42 7

Show all 237 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 82
Mild 181
None 338

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diazepam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 48
Drowsiness 36
Tiredness 19
Fatigue 16
Brain fog 10
Dry mouth 10

Show all 120 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diazepam

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 34
5mg as needed 31
10 mg daily 22
10mg as needed 15
5 mg twice daily 14
10 mg three times daily 11
2mg as needed 11
20 mg daily 9
10 mg twice daily 7
4 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Diazepam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 121
Other 96
Did not seem to work 82
Course of treatment ended 80
Side effects too severe 47
Personal research 16
Change in health plan coverage 13
Expense 8
See all 393 patients who’ve stopped taking Diazepam

Duration

Currently taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 71
5 - 10 years 63
10 years or more 56

Stopped taking Diazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 82
1 - 6 months 90
6 months - 1 year 56
1 - 2 years 54
2 - 5 years 67
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 385
Usually 127
Sometimes 83
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 77
Not at all hard to take 497
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 6
$25-49 22
< $25 344
Not specified 251

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 19
Lorazepam (Ativan) 19
Alprazolam (Xanax) 16
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 6
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 5

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 12
Lorazepam (Ativan) 9
Alprazolam (Xanax) 8
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 4
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 3

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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75 patient evaluations for Diazepam

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Mamaw5
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Mamaw5
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Mamaw5's full Diazepam history

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
sparkifox
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sparkifox
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
31 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
C-PTSD

See sparkifox's full Diazepam history

Mar 6, 2017 (Started Feb 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Groggy in morning)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was prescribed this as a nightly PRN originally at 10 mg. I did not want to develop a dependency, so I only took it a couple times a week when I needed good sleep. Sometimes I could even just take half and that would work, so I could check to see if I was developing a tolerance, and if so, I would stay off it for at least a week.

  • 0 helpful marks
ltbeauti
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ltbeauti
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Feb 20, 2017 (Started Jun 07, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Night or sleep terrors)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2014 (Started Jun 07, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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