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 1,996 1,037
Panic Disorder 746 416
Insomnia 406 251
Epilepsy 390 167
Panic attacks 266 173
Stiffness/Spasticity 205 90

Show all 409 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 139
Moderate 329
Mild 591
None 1,007

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 177
Sleepiness 121
Groggy in morning 47
Fatigue 39
Sedation 39
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 33

Show all 280 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5 mg daily 101
1 mg daily 90
2 mg daily 51
0.5mg as needed 49
1 mg three times daily 36
1 mg twice daily 33
0.5 mg twice daily 28
1mg as needed 24
0.5 mg three times daily 22
1.5 mg daily 20

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 310
Did not seem to work 272
Other 226
Side effects too severe 220
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 54
Change in health plan coverage 25
Expense 25
See all 914 patients who’ve stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 162
5 - 10 years 174
10 years or more 123

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 136
1 - 6 months 203
6 months - 1 year 146
1 - 2 years 127
2 - 5 years 187
5 - 10 years 86
10 years or more 38
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1438
Usually 387
Sometimes 179
Never taken as prescribed 62
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 66
Somewhat hard to take 136
A little hard to take 312
Not at all hard to take 1552
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 33
$25-49 115
< $25 1187
Not specified 724

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 69
Lorazepam (Ativan) 31
Diazepam (Valium) 20
Buspirone (BuSpar) 7
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 21
Lorazepam (Ativan) 19
Diazepam (Valium) 16
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9
Trazodone (Desyrel) 7

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching to

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212 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

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micamAnicDuDe1983
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micamAnicDuDe1983
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
33 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
ADHD

See micamAnicDuDe1983's full Clonazepam history

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
Chelena
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Chelena
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 61
Condition: Undifferentiated Inflammatory Arthritis 22 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vb
I have:
Undifferentiated Inflammatory Arthritis

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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
FlightyFey
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FlightyFey
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: some
Description:F36y
FM:12y Dx
CFS:?y
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See FlightyFey's full Clonazepam history

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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