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 1,302
Panic disorder 1,012 577
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 712
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 120
1 mg daily 116
0.5mg as needed 76
2 mg daily 73
0.5 mg twice daily 50
1mg as needed 46
1 mg twice daily 42
1 mg three times daily 41
0.5 mg three times daily 28
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 238
10 years or more 229

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 460
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 1927
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 124
< $25 1420
Not specified 910

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) 37
Alprazolam (Xanax) 36
Diazepam (Valium) 22
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

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219 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

Jun 30, 2008 (Started Mar 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for cramps)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 13, 2008 (Started Mar 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily

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Nov 1, 2007 (Started Oct 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Medication worked great for the short term, but just months after starting I got HORRIBLE withdrawal symptoms (not to mention the return of panic attacks) while still taking the same dose every day exactly as prescribed. I then had to increase the dosage to gain the same benefit every few months or so. I reached 4 mg/daily (which is the which is the maximum recommended dose) and soon got the HORRIBLE withdrawal symptoms while taking the same dose at the same exact time every day exactly as prescribed. Withdrawing from this dose of clonazepam is very dangerous and should be tapered down with less potent benzodiazepines such as alprozolam and diazepam. It was the single most difficult experience of my life at 23 y/o and not to mention the return of chronic daily/hourly panic attacks during this withdrawing process. Clonazepam should only be used for short term treatment and the withdrawing process should be discussed with your doctor before you start treatment.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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