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 2,380 1,315
Panic disorder 1,016 585
Insomnia 414 264
Epilepsy 405 180
Panic attacks 280 195
Generalized anxiety disorder 230 160

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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
Severe 157
Moderate 371
Mild 724
None 1,271

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 203
Sleepiness 150
Fatigue 54
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 52
Grogginess in morning 47
Tiredness 42

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 111
0.5 mg daily 110
0.5mg as needed 72
2 mg daily 64
1mg as needed 43
0.5 mg twice daily 42
1 mg twice daily 37
1 mg three times daily 37
0.5 mg three times daily 23
1.5 mg daily 23

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 355
Did not seem to work 296
Side effects too severe 248
Other 247
Course of treatment ended 99
Personal research 58
Change in health plan coverage 33
Expense 27
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 65
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 220
10 years or more 218

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 165
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 163
1 - 2 years 144
2 - 5 years 208
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 53
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1767
Usually 463
Sometimes 214
Never taken as prescribed 79
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 71
Somewhat hard to take 155
A little hard to take 352
Not at all hard to take 1945
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 124
< $25 1428
Not specified 924

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 133
Lorazepam (Ativan) 64
Diazepam (Valium) 24
Buspirone (BuSpar) 12
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11

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Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 37
Lorazepam (Ativan) 36
Diazepam (Valium) 23
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

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219 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

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: As needed
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

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 3, 2018 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tremor(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressant, drowsiness, sleepiness)
  • 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
    Major (for tremor(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (depressant, drowsiness, sleepiness)
  • 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 (depressant, drowsiness, sleepiness)
  • 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 (drowsiness, sleepiness)
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 24, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fuzzy thinking, brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: A couple of months ago doctor Gregory told me to take 0.5 milligram Instead of 0.25 milligram And I would get better results . I'm reluctant to take it at all times But now I am seeing a more positive difference.

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fuzzy thinking, brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I rarely take this medicine any longer because of my job change.

Jan 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I don't like taking this because of its long-term effects. I've been needing it much less since I quit my job.

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