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 2,343 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 120
1 mg daily 108
0.5mg as needed 81
2 mg daily 71
0.5 mg twice daily 57
1 mg twice daily 57
1mg as needed 49
1 mg three times daily 48
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 212
5 - 10 years 253
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

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.

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 27, 2017 (Started Mar 25, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for tremor in limbs)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After taking 1 mg of Clonazapam twice/day for over 10 yrs., my new PCP informed me that it could cause cognitive disfunction. Since that is the last thing I want, I weaned myself totally off of it about 6 wks. ago; however, I was having sleeping problems and some nights (mornings), I wouldn't fall asleep until 4-5:00am. Because of this, I am now taking .25 mg before bedtime and plan to discontinue that in the future, and maybe just take it if absolutely necessary.

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Dec 15, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 12, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is an effective anti-anxiety medication. I spent years being ran through almost every anti-anxiety rx. I always come back to clonazepam b/c it has the least bad side effects, is accepted by Medicare & is not a financial burden.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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