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 2,306 1,260
Panic disorder 969 549
Insomnia 411 258
Epilepsy 405 179
Panic attacks 272 185
Generalized anxiety disorder 217 154

Show all 373 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
155
Moderate
366
Mild
698
None
1,221

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 197
Sleepiness 142
Fatigue 53
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 51
Groggy in morning 46
Tiredness 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 123
0.5 mg daily 105
0.5mg as needed 80
2 mg daily 67
1 mg twice daily 62
0.5 mg twice daily 53
1 mg three times daily 53
1mg as needed 40
0.5 mg three times daily 33
1.5 mg daily 29

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 344
Did not seem to work 292
Side effects too severe 240
Other 238
Course of treatment ended 99
Personal research 55
Change in health plan coverage 30
Expense 27
See all 1004 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 29
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 94
2 - 5 years 223
5 - 10 years 250
10 years or more 211

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 151
1 - 6 months 216
6 months - 1 year 159
1 - 2 years 140
2 - 5 years 206
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 48
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1702
Usually 453
Sometimes 207
Never taken as prescribed 78
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 153
A little hard to take 344
Not at all hard to take 1871
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 37
$25-49 123
< $25 1391
Not specified 880

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 122
Lorazepam (Ativan) 62
Diazepam (Valium) 24
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 37
Lorazepam (Ativan) 30
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

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216 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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