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 2,360 1,303
Panic disorder 1,011 576
Insomnia 414 261
Epilepsy 404 179
Panic attacks 278 193
Generalized anxiety disorder 227 159

Show all 373 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 713
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
1 mg daily 127
0.5 mg daily 126
0.5mg as needed 82
2 mg daily 73
1mg as needed 51
0.5 mg twice daily 50
1 mg twice daily 47
1 mg three times daily 45
0.5 mg three times daily 29
1.5 mg daily 26

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 351
Did not seem to work 296
Other 246
Side effects too severe 244
Course of treatment ended 100
Personal research 57
Change in health plan coverage 33
Expense 27
See all 1026 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 80
2 - 5 years 208
5 - 10 years 249
10 years or more 240

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 165
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 143
2 - 5 years 210
5 - 10 years 96
10 years or more 52
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1749
Usually 462
Sometimes 213
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 71
Somewhat hard to take 156
A little hard to take 350
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 1424
Not specified 909

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 131
Lorazepam (Ativan) 64
Diazepam (Valium) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
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) 21
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 13
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

Show all 53 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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