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 2,019 1,058
Panic Disorder 762 427
Insomnia 404 251
Epilepsy 390 167
Panic attacks 266 175
Stiffness/Spasticity 205 90

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 141
Moderate 330
Mild 599
None 1,032

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 174
Sleepiness 120
Groggy in morning 46
Fatigue 44
Sedation 38
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 34

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 93
0.5 mg daily 89
2 mg daily 61
0.5mg as needed 54
1 mg twice daily 32
1 mg three times daily 32
0.5 mg twice daily 28
1mg as needed 27
0.5 mg three times daily 24
2 mg twice daily 18

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 317
Did not seem to work 280
Other 228
Side effects too severe 220
Course of treatment ended 90
Personal research 54
Change in health plan coverage 25
Expense 25
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 69
2 - 5 years 158
5 - 10 years 185
10 years or more 124

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 136
1 - 6 months 206
6 months - 1 year 146
1 - 2 years 133
2 - 5 years 190
5 - 10 years 88
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1461
Usually 394
Sometimes 183
Never taken as prescribed 64
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 67
Somewhat hard to take 138
A little hard to take 310
Not at all hard to take 1587
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 34
$25-49 115
< $25 1211
Not specified 735

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 74
Lorazepam (Ativan) 35
Diazepam (Valium) 20
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8
Buspirone (BuSpar) 8

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Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 25
Lorazepam (Ativan) 20
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9

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213 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

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Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
Parkinson's

See rose5's full Clonazepam history

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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gagafor2
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 64
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Oct 27, 2016 (Started Mar 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Persistent worry)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 4, 2016 (Started Mar 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Persistent worry)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 14, 2015 (Started Mar 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Persistent worry)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Girly49
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Girly49
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Oct 27, 2016 (Started Dec 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Tremor in right leg)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 30, 2016 (Started Dec 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Tremor in right leg)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Slowness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This medicine can make me feel hungover, slower in movement and weepy. I only take it if absolutely necessary.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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