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 2,365 1,303
Panic disorder 1,011 577
Insomnia 415 261
Epilepsy 404 179
Panic attacks 279 193
Generalized anxiety disorder 227 160

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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 157
Moderate 369
Mild 713
None 1,263

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 119
1 mg daily 114
0.5mg as needed 76
2 mg daily 72
0.5 mg twice daily 51
1mg as needed 46
1 mg three times daily 41
1 mg twice daily 40
0.5 mg three times daily 27
1.5 mg daily 26

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 350
Did not seem to work 295
Side effects too severe 246
Other 245
Course of treatment ended 99
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 2
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 78
2 - 5 years 183
5 - 10 years 239
10 years or more 228

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 208
5 - 10 years 96
10 years or more 52
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1748
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 1928
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 124
< $25 1420
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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) 12
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lorazepam (Ativan) 36
Alprazolam (Xanax) 35
Diazepam (Valium) 22
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

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219 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

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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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: As needed
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

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