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 2,343 1,287
Panic disorder 989 562
Insomnia 411 259
Epilepsy 404 179
Panic attacks 277 190
Generalized anxiety disorder 222 157

Show all 374 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
156
Moderate
368
Mild
706
None
1,244

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 201
Sleepiness 146
Fatigue 53
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 52
Groggy in morning 46
Tiredness 43

Show all 298 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5 mg daily 119
1 mg daily 108
0.5mg as needed 82
2 mg daily 76
0.5 mg twice daily 57
1 mg twice daily 53
1 mg three times daily 50
1mg as needed 49
1.5 mg daily 28
0.5 mg three times daily 26

See all 63 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 348
Did not seem to work 295
Other 242
Side effects too severe 242
Course of treatment ended 100
Personal research 57
Change in health plan coverage 32
Expense 27
See all 1016 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 86
2 - 5 years 214
5 - 10 years 254
10 years or more 220

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 164
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 140
2 - 5 years 209
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 50
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1728
Usually 457
Sometimes 211
Never taken as prescribed 78
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 154
A little hard to take 348
Not at all hard to take 1900
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 37
$25-49 123
< $25 1412
Not specified 893

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 54 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 38
Lorazepam (Ativan) 35
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 13
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching to

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220 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

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

Jul 14, 2016 (Started Oct 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: The impact of this daily (1 mg. capsule three times daily) treatment is quite helpful and I have no issues with side effects. However an added benefit is that it works well w/my blood pressure level, as it , prevents it from elevating and assists my blood pressure from rising to an excessive, life threatening level. As well I also meditate and spend time reading or relaxing as an additional benefit for both the panic disorder, ie; anxiety elevation level and blood pressure elevation.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 7, 2016 (Started Oct 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Clonazepam is very effective as far as my benefit is concerned and the unexpected benefit is sleepiness which makes for a restful night. The treatment is manageable as it has no adverse side effects and I follow my dosing in accordance with the Physician's instructions. There is no imapact on my daily life as I know how my system will tolerate this Drug.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 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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