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 2432 1345
Panic disorder 1071 630
Insomnia 415 263
Epilepsy 406 186
Panic attacks 284 198

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 159
Moderate 385
Mild 766
None 1296

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 207
Sleepiness 158
Fatigue 60
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 42
1 mg daily 36
0.5mg as needed 24
2 mg daily 22
1mg as needed 17
1 mg twice daily 16
0.5 mg twice daily 11
1 mg three times daily 11
1.5 mg daily 10
0.5 mg three times daily 9

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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 299
Side effects too severe 253
Other 251
Course of treatment ended 101
Personal research 64
Change in health plan coverage 34
Expense 28
See all 1053 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 121

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 169
1 - 6 months 213
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 147
2 - 5 years 215
5 - 10 years 102
10 years or more 65
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1833
Usually 469
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 352
Not at all hard to take 2021
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 39
$25-49 125
< $25 1476
Not specified 957

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 148
Lorazepam (Ativan) 76
Diazepam (Valium) 26
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10

Show all 62 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Alprazolam (Xanax) 47
Lorazepam (Ativan) 37
Diazepam (Valium) 26
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 13

Show all 57 treatments patients report switching to

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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 6, 2020 (Started Jul 24, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.125 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My body got used to the dosage and it stopped working. My neurologist wouldn’t up the dosage or let me take a 2 month “vacation” and restart it—just said continue as is.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

May 25, 2013 (Started Jul 24, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: if it stops working for you take a 1 month vacation and start it up again. sometimes your body gets used to a drug and more is required.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 1, 2008 (Started Jul 24, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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