What is Klonopin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Clonazepam

Klonopin®, a brand name for clonazepam, is a benzodiazepine used in the treatment of seizure disorders and panic disorder. 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 841 426
Panic disorder 331 174
Insomnia 94 49
Panic attacks 90 40
Generalized anxiety disorder 82 56

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 44
Moderate 94
Mild 199
None 368

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Klonopin

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 53
Drowsiness 42
Fatigue 17
Groggy in morning 16
Tiredness 16
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Klonopin

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 37
0.5 mg daily 27
2 mg daily 24
0.5mg as needed 23
1 mg three times daily 20
1mg as needed 18
0.5 mg twice daily 17
1 mg twice daily 14
0.5 mg three times daily 13
1.5 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Klonopin

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 97
Did not seem to work 83
Other 78
Side effects too severe 71
Course of treatment ended 34
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 7
Expense 5
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Duration

Currently taking Klonopin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 70
10 years or more 86

Stopped taking Klonopin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 40
1 - 6 months 59
6 months - 1 year 41
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 68
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 513
Usually 124
Sometimes 54
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 77
Not at all hard to take 568
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 35
< $25 400
Not specified 264

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Klonopin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 66
Lorazepam (Ativan) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 10
Diazepam (Valium) 6
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 6

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Patients stopped taking Klonopin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lorazepam (Ativan) 16
Alprazolam (Xanax) 12
Diazepam (Valium) 11
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 5

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64 patient evaluations for Klonopin

May 19, 2018 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: KLONOPIN DOESN'T SEEM TO BE HELPING MUCH ANYMORE. MY FOOT AND HAND CRAMPS ARE BACK.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 28, 2016 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for dystonia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 11, 2015 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for dystonia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: KLONOPIN DOESN'T SEEM TO BE HELPING MUCH ANYMORE. MY FOOT AND HAND CRAMPS ARE BACK.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 11, 2014 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for dystonia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After taking Klonopin for many years, it is only helping me with my Dystonia slightly.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 15, 2012 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have severe dystonia in my legs and feet. I take my meds as soon as I wake up because I cannot get up and walk for about 1/2 an hour.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 14, 2012 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: NOT HELPING AS MUCH AS IN THE PAST WITH DYSTONIA
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 4, 2010 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 13, 2009 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was prescribed Klonopin because of my dystonia which came on at the same time as my PD. I had trouble sleeping at night partially because I would get severe pain in the arch of my foot and the calf of my leg. It would wake me up in the middle of the night screaming in pain. Then my foot would turn on it's side and my toes would curl up making it impossible for me to walk. I also was having daytime problems. I would be walking somewhere and in an instant my foot would turn on it's side & my toes would crunch in. It is excruciatingly painful, and you have no control over it. I have to sit and wait for my foot to loosen up for 15-45 minutes. I have only a few episodes a month since Klonopin. Before, I couldn't even guess how many times it happened in 1 month. I take 1mg in the am, 1mg in the afternoon, and 2mg before bed. It has been a great benefit to me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 15, 2018 (Started Apr 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had to start going to a Pain Management Facility and the dr there made me wean off of Klonipin in order for them to manage and prescribe my pain medications, Oxycodone and Fentanyl patch.

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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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