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 2,120 1,130
Panic Disorder 832 474
Insomnia 405 251
Epilepsy 394 170
Panic attacks 268 177
Stiffness/Spasticity 205 90

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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 150
Moderate 341
Mild 626
None 1,099

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 178
Sleepiness 129
Fatigue 48
Groggy in morning 46
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 38
Sedation 38

Show all 291 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 119
0.5 mg daily 105
0.5mg as needed 61
2 mg daily 56
1 mg twice daily 51
1 mg three times daily 51
1mg as needed 41
0.5 mg twice daily 38
0.5 mg three times daily 37
2 mg twice daily 22

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 323
Did not seem to work 283
Other 231
Side effects too severe 227
Course of treatment ended 93
Personal research 55
Expense 27
Change in health plan coverage 25
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 36
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 93
2 - 5 years 181
5 - 10 years 220
10 years or more 164

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 140
1 - 6 months 208
6 months - 1 year 148
1 - 2 years 137
2 - 5 years 194
5 - 10 years 91
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1541
Usually 417
Sometimes 190
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 70
Somewhat hard to take 141
A little hard to take 323
Not at all hard to take 1682
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 35
$25-49 119
< $25 1266
Not specified 789

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 95
Lorazepam (Ativan) 45
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 29
Lorazepam (Ativan) 25
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 11
Buspirone (BuSpar) 10

Show all 48 treatments patients report switching to

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214 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

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Wavewatcher
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Wavewatcher
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Wavewatcher's full Clonazepam history

Sep 7, 2015 (Started Apr 15, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Never take more than directed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 4, 2013 (Started Apr 15, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take one per night as directed and it helps me sleep most of the time.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 28, 2010 (Started Apr 15, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: All of my medications are set up once a week in pill boxes so I don't forget to take them so I rarely forget. I take the night time ones 8-9 pm so I get up 6-7 am. I do go to bed and tend to sleep better taking this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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ozzieartist
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ozzieartist
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jul 28, 2015 (Started Apr 29, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Acting out violent dreams)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily

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leejon66
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leejon66
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
68 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
PTSD

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Jul 20, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 1982)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Panic Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 16, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 1982)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Panic Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12 mg Daily

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