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 2,163 1,152
Panic Disorder 861 490
Insomnia 406 253
Epilepsy 396 171
Panic attacks 268 179
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 152
Moderate 346
Mild 647
None 1,130

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 181
Sleepiness 133
Fatigue 48
Groggy in morning 46
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 45
Sedation 38

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 123
0.5 mg daily 113
0.5mg as needed 69
2 mg daily 61
1 mg three times daily 61
1 mg twice daily 55
0.5 mg twice daily 47
1mg as needed 45
0.5 mg three times daily 39
2 mg twice daily 29

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 324
Did not seem to work 284
Other 234
Side effects too severe 230
Course of treatment ended 96
Personal research 55
Change in health plan coverage 27
Expense 27
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 107
2 - 5 years 196
5 - 10 years 228
10 years or more 182

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 143
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 151
1 - 2 years 138
2 - 5 years 195
5 - 10 years 92
10 years or more 43
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1581
Usually 431
Sometimes 194
Never taken as prescribed 69
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 142
A little hard to take 329
Not at all hard to take 1732
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 36
$25-49 120
< $25 1294
Not specified 816

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 102
Lorazepam (Ativan) 51
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9

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Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 30
Lorazepam (Ativan) 25
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 11

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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

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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: g
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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