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 2,161 1,150
Panic Disorder 860 490
Insomnia 406 253
Epilepsy 396 171
Panic attacks 268 179
Stiffness/Spasticity 205 90

Show all 414 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 152
Moderate 346
Mild 647
None 1,128

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 180
Sleepiness 133
Fatigue 48
Groggy in morning 46
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 45
Sedation 38

Show all 293 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 125
0.5 mg daily 110
0.5mg as needed 68
1 mg three times daily 64
2 mg daily 58
1 mg twice daily 54
0.5 mg twice daily 49
1mg as needed 45
0.5 mg three times daily 40
2 mg twice daily 27

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 324
Did not seem to work 284
Other 234
Side effects too severe 230
Course of treatment ended 96
Personal research 55
Change in health plan coverage 27
Expense 27
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 106
2 - 5 years 195
5 - 10 years 227
10 years or more 182

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 143
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 151
1 - 2 years 138
2 - 5 years 195
5 - 10 years 92
10 years or more 43
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1580
Usually 430
Sometimes 194
Never taken as prescribed 69
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 142
A little hard to take 329
Not at all hard to take 1730
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 36
$25-49 120
< $25 1292
Not specified 816

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 102
Lorazepam (Ativan) 51
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 30
Lorazepam (Ativan) 25
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 11

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching to

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214 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: g
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:F37y
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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