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 2,381 1,316
Panic disorder 1,017 586
Insomnia 414 264
Epilepsy 405 180
Panic attacks 280 195
Generalized anxiety disorder 230 160

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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 371
Mild 725
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 109
0.5 mg daily 105
0.5mg as needed 71
2 mg daily 61
0.5 mg twice daily 43
1mg as needed 43
1 mg twice daily 41
1 mg three times daily 34
0.5 mg three times daily 24
1.5 mg daily 22

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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 63
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 219
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 144
2 - 5 years 208
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 53
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1768
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 1946
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 124
< $25 1429
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

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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