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 2868 1412
Panic disorder 1908 670
Epilepsy 1535 198
Insomnia 452 265
Panic attacks 317 205
Generalized anxiety disorder 286 177

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 166
Moderate 407
Mild 803
None 1355

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 211
Sleepiness 159
Fatigue 59
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 55
Grogginess in morning 48
Tiredness 46

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 mg daily 18
0.5mg as needed 16
0.5 mg daily 15
2 mg daily 11
1 mg three times daily 11
1 mg twice daily 10
1mg as needed 8
0.5 mg twice daily 7
1.5 mg daily 4
2 mg twice daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 390
Did not seem to work 317
Side effects too severe 270
Other 257
Course of treatment ended 108
Personal research 64
Change in health plan coverage 36
Expense 27
See all 1115 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 77

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 221
5 - 10 years 105
10 years or more 69
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1917
Usually 494
Sometimes 230
Never taken as prescribed 90
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 75
Somewhat hard to take 168
A little hard to take 365
Not at all hard to take 2123
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 39
$25-49 125
< $25 1482
Not specified 1076

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 168
Lorazepam (Ativan) 84
Diazepam (Valium) 27
Buspirone (BuSpar) 17
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11

Show all 66 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 83
Lorazepam (Ativan) 59
Diazepam (Valium) 38
Buspirone (BuSpar) 17
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 16

Show all 73 treatments patients report switching to

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208 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

Oct 2, 2021 (Started Nov 06, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (stiffness/spasticity, balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Sleepiness)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (for Increased Sleepiness)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: drink with a lot of water
Side effects: stiffness/spasticity, balance problems

May 18, 2021 (Started Nov 06, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (stiffness/spasticity, balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Increased Sleepiness)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Three times daily
Side effects: stiffness/spasticity, balance problems

Mar 12, 2021 (Started Nov 06, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (stiffness/spasticity, balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Increased Sleepiness)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Three times daily
Side effects: stiffness/spasticity, balance problems

Apr 4, 2011 (Started Nov 06, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (stiffness/spasticity, balance problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: stiffness/spasticity, balance problems

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Jun 29, 2016 (Started May 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (for Overall) (dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It's a strong medicine for sleep, but it would affect my mornings and would sleep more than required

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Nov 23, 2020 (Started Jul 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Besides panic and anxiety attacks, I also take this for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. According to my husband, it does the job of saving him from getting kicked and punched during the night.

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