What is Clonazepam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 2,358 1,300
Panic disorder 1,008 573
Insomnia 412 259
Epilepsy 404 179
Panic attacks 278 193
Generalized anxiety disorder 227 159

Show all 372 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 158
Moderate 371
Mild 712
None 1,256

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 202
Sleepiness 148
Fatigue 54
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 51
Groggy in morning 46
Tiredness 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5 mg daily 121
1 mg daily 113
0.5mg as needed 77
2 mg daily 74
0.5 mg twice daily 60
1 mg twice daily 51
1mg as needed 51
1 mg three times daily 45
0.5 mg three times daily 29
1.5 mg daily 27

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 349
Did not seem to work 296
Other 246
Side effects too severe 244
Course of treatment ended 100
Personal research 57
Change in health plan coverage 32
Expense 27
See all 1023 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 82
2 - 5 years 207
5 - 10 years 260
10 years or more 223

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 164
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 141
2 - 5 years 210
5 - 10 years 96
10 years or more 52
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1746
Usually 459
Sometimes 213
Never taken as prescribed 79
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 156
A little hard to take 350
Not at all hard to take 1919
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 124
< $25 1422
Not specified 904

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 130
Lorazepam (Ativan) 65
Diazepam (Valium) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 37
Lorazepam (Ativan) 37
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 13
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

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220 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

Aug 27, 2016 (Started Mar 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Do not stop taking cold turkey
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Dec 15, 2012 (Started Mar 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Jan 1, 2012 (Started Mar 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Do not stop taking cold turkey
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 19, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Back on this because of worsening RLS

Mar 23, 2010 (Started Apr 15, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: What I'm considering is a drug losing its efficacy after so many years. I'm going to stop this particular treatment as I no longer benefit from the drug.

  • 0 helpful marks

May 9, 2016 (Started Sep 09, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for uncontrollable worrying)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for social anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for self injury or harm)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for problems getting along with others)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for paranoia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for irritability)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for intrusive thoughts images or impulses)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for guilt or self blame)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anticipatory anxiety)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anger)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, apathy, confusion, loss of balance)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 2, 2015 (Started Sep 09, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for uncontrollable worrying)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drowsiness, apathy, confusion, loss of balance)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I only take this medication when I feel out of control, rage, intemse anxiety, heavy worry and paranoia. For me, it causes a bit of confusion, loss of balance, drowsiness/sleepiness and some apathy. It definitely takes the edge off of any rage, anxiety, heavy worry and paranoia I experience. The bit of apathy thrown in, I feel, is necessary for me. That is what really calms me down. I go from worrying so much, that the apathy balances me out to a healthy calm.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 6, 2015 (Started Sep 09, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for uncontrollable worrying)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, apathy, confusion, loss of balance)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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