What is Clonazepam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 2,377 1,313
Panic disorder 1,016 584
Insomnia 415 265
Epilepsy 405 179
Panic attacks 280 193
Generalized anxiety disorder 230 160

Show all 367 reasons taken


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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 722
None 1,268

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 203
Sleepiness 149
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 117
0.5 mg daily 108
0.5mg as needed 72
2 mg daily 63
0.5 mg twice daily 46
1mg as needed 44
1 mg twice daily 36
1 mg three times daily 36
1.5 mg daily 24
0.5 mg three times daily 23

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 353
Did not seem to work 297
Side effects too severe 247
Other 246
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
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 68
2 - 5 years 178
5 - 10 years 220
10 years or more 222

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 165
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 162
1 - 2 years 145
2 - 5 years 208
5 - 10 years 98
10 years or more 53
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1759
Usually 464
Sometimes 214
Never taken as prescribed 81
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 71
Somewhat hard to take 155
A little hard to take 351
Not at all hard to take 1941
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 124
< $25 1427
Not specified 920

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 134
Lorazepam (Ativan) 65
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) 36
Lorazepam (Ativan) 35
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

Aug 17, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (depressant, somnolence, addiction, sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressant, somnolence, sleepiness, addiction

Aug 2, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (depressant, somnolence, addiction, sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Use this drug with caution like any other benzo. Its pure magic how it zaps anxiety but the withdrawl can be brutal. So take it as prescribed.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: depressant, somnolence, sleepiness, addiction

  • 4 helpful marks

Aug 27, 2014 (Started Oct 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for lack of support)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nightmares)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (depressant)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressant

  • 4 helpful marks

Jun 30, 2010 (Started Jun 30, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for periodic limb movement disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure you are ready for bed when you take it. I usually take it when I know I'm going to go to bed in about 15 minutes so I won't be lying there waiting for it to kick in, though.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks
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