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.

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Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 2429 1343
Panic disorder 1068 626
Insomnia 415 263
Epilepsy 406 185
Panic attacks 283 198

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 160
Moderate 383
Mild 766
None 1291

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 206
Sleepiness 158
Fatigue 59
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 52
Grogginess in morning 46
Tiredness 45

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.5 mg daily 45
1 mg daily 45
0.5mg as needed 34
2 mg daily 29
1 mg twice daily 22
1mg as needed 22
1.5 mg daily 16
1 mg three times daily 15
0.5 mg twice daily 14
0.5 mg three times daily 13

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 363
Did not seem to work 300
Side effects too severe 254
Other 251
Course of treatment ended 101
Personal research 64
Change in health plan coverage 34
Expense 27
See all 1051 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 61
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 142

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 169
1 - 6 months 213
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 148
2 - 5 years 213
5 - 10 years 103
10 years or more 63
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1830
Usually 466
Sometimes 218
Never taken as prescribed 86
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 74
Somewhat hard to take 159
A little hard to take 349
Not at all hard to take 2018
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 125
< $25 1474
Not specified 954

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 146
Lorazepam (Ativan) 74
Diazepam (Valium) 26
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10

Show all 61 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 46
Lorazepam (Ativan) 37
Diazepam (Valium) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 13

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217 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

Mar 31, 2020 (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: Still continuing with clonazepam, same dosage = positive treatment effects No negative side effects
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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Mar 1, 2020 (Started Nov 10, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for panic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (withdrawal effects)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Three times daily

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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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