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 820 414
Panic disorder 317 169
Insomnia 94 54
Panic attacks 89 40
Generalized anxiety disorder 79 55

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
44
Moderate
96
Mild
199
None
357

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Klonopin

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 52
Drowsiness 40
Fatigue 17
Tiredness 16
Groggy in morning 15
Addiction 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Klonopin

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 39
0.5 mg daily 32
0.5mg as needed 30
1 mg three times daily 27
1 mg twice daily 26
2 mg daily 22
0.5 mg twice daily 21
1mg as needed 18
0.5 mg three times daily 16
1 mg four times daily 12

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Why patients stopped taking Klonopin

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 94
Did not seem to work 80
Other 78
Side effects too severe 73
Course of treatment ended 34
Personal research 16
Change in health plan coverage 7
Expense 5
See all 281 patients who've stopped taking Klonopin

Duration

Currently taking Klonopin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 78
5 - 10 years 94
10 years or more 79

Stopped taking Klonopin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 37
1 - 6 months 59
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 68
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 504
Usually 126
Sometimes 51
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 76
Not at all hard to take 560
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 35
< $25 401
Not specified 254

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Klonopin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 63
Lorazepam (Ativan) 27
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9
Diazepam (Valium) 6
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 6

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Klonopin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lorazepam (Ativan) 14
Alprazolam (Xanax) 13
Diazepam (Valium) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 6
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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62 patient evaluations for Klonopin

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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Dec 17, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for panic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 27, 2016 (Started Dec 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for tremor in right leg)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 30, 2016 (Started Dec 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tremor in right leg)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (slow movement (bradykinesia))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This medicine can make me feel hungover, slower in movement and weepy. I only take it if absolutely necessary.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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