What is Clonazepam?

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Clonazepam, a benzodiazepine, is used alone or as an adjunct in the treatment of seizure disorders and for panic disorders. It may also be used for restless leg syndrome, neuralgia, multifocal tic disorder, parkinsonian dysarthria, bipolar disorder and as an adjunct in treatment of schizophrenia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 2413 1340
Panic disorder 1052 609
Insomnia 417 267
Epilepsy 405 180
Panic attacks 282 198

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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 Percentage
Severe 159
Moderate 379
Mild 749
None 1291

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 206
Sleepiness 155
Fatigue 57
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 52
Grogginess in morning 46
Tiredness 44

Show all 234 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.5 mg daily 70
1 mg daily 69
0.5mg as needed 51
1mg as needed 39
2 mg daily 37
1 mg twice daily 30
0.5 mg twice daily 23
1.5 mg daily 23
1 mg three times daily 20
0.25 mg daily 12

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 364
Did not seem to work 297
Side effects too severe 251
Other 247
Course of treatment ended 99
Personal research 62
Change in health plan coverage 34
Expense 27
See all 1043 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 81
5 - 10 years 160
10 years or more 190

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 167
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 161
1 - 2 years 148
2 - 5 years 213
5 - 10 years 101
10 years or more 60
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1810
Usually 470
Sometimes 214
Never taken as prescribed 84
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 158
A little hard to take 352
Not at all hard to take 1996
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 39
$25-49 126
< $25 1447
Not specified 957

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 143
Lorazepam (Ativan) 71
Diazepam (Valium) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10

Show all 59 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 42
Lorazepam (Ativan) 37
Diazepam (Valium) 24
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 13
Buspirone (BuSpar) 12

Show all 57 treatments patients report switching to

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216 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

Jan 10, 2019 (Started Jun 29, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: When going off this med, follow your doctor's recommendations regarding tapering off. Don't just quit! Even with tapering off from a low dose, the increased anxiety I felt in the first week of decreasing my dosage was, uh, challenging. In fact, I didn't think I'd be able to get off the med entirely. It took 4 weeks of gradual decreases to get off.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Jun 29, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Dec 15, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain, excessive dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Its quite easy for me to take b/c I have a 7-day medcase that I refill every Sunday (for the following week) I actually found a med case that held ALL my prescriptions & multi-supplements & every day is a different color. It still has the least bad side effects but I wish I could go back to x4 daily, but dr's are too paranoid about taking a benzodiazepine & a stimulant (Ritalin) d/t possible heart problems. I have been fine. Without this Rx, I would be living a panic attack 24/7/365
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 13, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 12, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: This is an effective anti-anxiety medication. I spent years being ran through almost every anti-anxiety rx. I always come back to clonazepam b/c it has the least bad side effects, is accepted by Medicare & is not a financial burden.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 3, 2018 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tremor(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness, drowsiness, depressant)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: With the consent of my psychiatristt I have decided to make changes in my medication due to severely stressed since dBS REMOVAL AND SUBSEQUENT mrsa INFECTION OF MY SCALP AND HUSBAND DEPRESSION. I NO LONGER take clonazepam, instead i started lorazepam 1 mg tid
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressant, sleepiness, drowsiness

Oct 16, 2016 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tremor(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness, drowsiness, depressant)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: I am much calmer when I am on Clonazepam. Make sure you don't take more than MD instructs
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressant, sleepiness, drowsiness

Nov 22, 2009 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness, drowsiness, depressant)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I feel as though I am addicted to it but I get stiff without it
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressant, sleepiness, drowsiness

Feb 18, 2009 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressant, sleepiness, drowsiness

Jan 17, 2009 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressant, sleepiness, drowsiness

Aug 19, 2008 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressant, sleepiness, drowsiness

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