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 2,342 1,287
Panic disorder 988 562
Insomnia 411 259
Epilepsy 404 179
Panic attacks 277 190
Generalized anxiety disorder 222 157

Show all 374 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
156
Moderate
368
Mild
706
None
1,244

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 201
Sleepiness 146
Fatigue 53
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 52
Groggy in morning 46
Tiredness 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5 mg daily 122
1 mg daily 107
0.5mg as needed 82
2 mg daily 76
0.5 mg twice daily 57
1 mg twice daily 56
1 mg three times daily 51
1mg as needed 47
1.5 mg daily 29
0.5 mg three times daily 27

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 348
Did not seem to work 295
Other 242
Side effects too severe 242
Course of treatment ended 100
Personal research 57
Change in health plan coverage 32
Expense 27
See all 1016 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 85
2 - 5 years 215
5 - 10 years 255
10 years or more 222

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 164
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 140
2 - 5 years 209
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 50
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1728
Usually 457
Sometimes 211
Never taken as prescribed 78
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 154
A little hard to take 348
Not at all hard to take 1900
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 37
$25-49 123
< $25 1412
Not specified 893

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 130
Lorazepam (Ativan) 65
Diazepam (Valium) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11

Show all 54 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 38
Lorazepam (Ativan) 35
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 13
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching to

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220 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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