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 2,275 1,238
Panic disorder 948 543
Insomnia 411 258
Epilepsy 404 177
Panic attacks 272 187
Generalized anxiety disorder 216 153

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 156
Moderate 363
Mild 693
None 1,204

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 195
Sleepiness 140
Fatigue 52
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 112
0.5 mg daily 90
0.5mg as needed 74
2 mg daily 67
1 mg twice daily 54
0.5 mg twice daily 53
1 mg three times daily 52
1mg as needed 35
0.5 mg three times daily 33
1 mg four times daily 25

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 337
Did not seem to work 288
Side effects too severe 238
Other 237
Course of treatment ended 99
Personal research 53
Change in health plan coverage 29
Expense 27
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 37
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 91
2 - 5 years 220
5 - 10 years 228
10 years or more 194

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 150
1 - 6 months 212
6 months - 1 year 157
1 - 2 years 139
2 - 5 years 201
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 45
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1691
Usually 443
Sometimes 205
Never taken as prescribed 77
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 151
A little hard to take 341
Not at all hard to take 1852
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 36
$25-49 124
< $25 1374
Not specified 873

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 118
Lorazepam (Ativan) 58
Diazepam (Valium) 24
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11
Buspirone (BuSpar) 10

Show all 54 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 35
Lorazepam (Ativan) 29
Diazepam (Valium) 19
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 10

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215 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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