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 2,364 1,306
Panic disorder 1,012 577
Insomnia 415 261
Epilepsy 404 179
Panic attacks 279 193
Generalized anxiety disorder 227 160

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 157
Moderate 369
Mild 712
None 1,267

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 202
Sleepiness 147
Fatigue 54
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 51
Groggy in morning 47
Tiredness 42

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5 mg daily 123
1 mg daily 117
0.5mg as needed 75
2 mg daily 70
0.5 mg twice daily 50
1mg as needed 44
1 mg twice daily 43
1 mg three times daily 40
0.5 mg three times daily 28
1.5 mg daily 25

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 351
Did not seem to work 295
Side effects too severe 246
Other 245
Course of treatment ended 100
Personal research 57
Change in health plan coverage 33
Expense 27
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 79
2 - 5 years 185
5 - 10 years 238
10 years or more 229

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 164
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 161
1 - 2 years 144
2 - 5 years 209
5 - 10 years 96
10 years or more 52
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1751
Usually 461
Sometimes 213
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 71
Somewhat hard to take 155
A little hard to take 348
Not at all hard to take 1931
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 124
< $25 1424
Not specified 910

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 132
Lorazepam (Ativan) 64
Diazepam (Valium) 24
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11

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Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lorazepam (Ativan) 37
Alprazolam (Xanax) 36
Diazepam (Valium) 22
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

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220 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

May 19, 2018 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • 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

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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Apr 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I rarely take this medicine any longer because of my job change.

Jan 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I don't like taking this because of its long-term effects. I've been needing it much less since I quit my job.

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Mar 15, 2018 (Started Apr 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had to start going to a Pain Management Facility and the dr there made me wean off of Klonipin in order for them to manage and prescribe my pain medications, Oxycodone and Fentanyl patch.

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