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 1,316
Panic disorder 1,017 586
Insomnia 414 264
Epilepsy 405 180
Panic attacks 280 195

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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 371
Mild 725
None 1,272

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 114
0.5 mg daily 107
0.5mg as needed 69
2 mg daily 58
1mg as needed 45
0.5 mg twice daily 42
1 mg twice daily 38
1 mg three times daily 36
0.5 mg three times daily 24
1.5 mg daily 23

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 354
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
See all 1029 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 62
2 - 5 years 170
5 - 10 years 222
10 years or more 216

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 165
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 163
1 - 2 years 143
2 - 5 years 208
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 53
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1769
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 1947
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 124
< $25 1430
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

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

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

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

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219 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

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 Jun 29, 2017)

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

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Dec 8, 2017 (Started Nov 17, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Only take this for a short period of time - it can be dangerously addictive

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