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 2,380 1,315
Panic disorder 1,016 585
Insomnia 414 264
Epilepsy 405 180
Panic attacks 280 195
Generalized anxiety disorder 230 160

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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 371
Mild 724
None 1,271

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 203
Sleepiness 150
Fatigue 54
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 52
Grogginess in morning 47
Tiredness 42

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 111
0.5 mg daily 110
0.5mg as needed 72
2 mg daily 64
1mg as needed 43
0.5 mg twice daily 42
1 mg twice daily 37
1 mg three times daily 37
0.5 mg three times daily 23
1.5 mg daily 23

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 355
Did not seem to work 296
Side effects too severe 248
Other 247
Course of treatment ended 99
Personal research 58
Change in health plan coverage 33
Expense 27
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 65
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 220
10 years or more 218

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 165
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 163
1 - 2 years 144
2 - 5 years 208
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 53
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1767
Usually 463
Sometimes 214
Never taken as prescribed 79
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 71
Somewhat hard to take 155
A little hard to take 352
Not at all hard to take 1945
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 124
< $25 1428
Not specified 924

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 133
Lorazepam (Ativan) 64
Diazepam (Valium) 24
Buspirone (BuSpar) 12
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11

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Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 37
Lorazepam (Ativan) 36
Diazepam (Valium) 23
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

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219 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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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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Mar 4, 2018 (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: There have been no significant changes in the distribution, effectiveness or dosage of this medication since my last post date.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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

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