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 2,022 1,060
Panic Disorder 765 429
Insomnia 404 251
Epilepsy 390 167
Panic attacks 266 175
Stiffness/Spasticity 205 90

Show all 404 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 141
Moderate 330
Mild 600
None 1,034

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 175
Sleepiness 120
Groggy in morning 46
Fatigue 44
Sedation 38
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 34

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 97
0.5 mg daily 87
2 mg daily 60
0.5mg as needed 52
1 mg three times daily 35
1 mg twice daily 31
1mg as needed 29
0.5 mg twice daily 27
0.5 mg three times daily 24
1.5 mg daily 19

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 317
Did not seem to work 280
Other 228
Side effects too severe 220
Course of treatment ended 90
Personal research 54
Change in health plan coverage 25
Expense 25
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 69
2 - 5 years 161
5 - 10 years 189
10 years or more 125

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 136
1 - 6 months 206
6 months - 1 year 146
1 - 2 years 133
2 - 5 years 190
5 - 10 years 88
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1463
Usually 395
Sometimes 183
Never taken as prescribed 64
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 67
Somewhat hard to take 138
A little hard to take 310
Not at all hard to take 1590
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 34
$25-49 115
< $25 1213
Not specified 736

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 74
Lorazepam (Ativan) 35
Diazepam (Valium) 20
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8
Buspirone (BuSpar) 8

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 25
Lorazepam (Ativan) 20
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching to

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213 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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