What is Clonazepam?

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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 2,329 1,282
Panic disorder 981 558
Insomnia 411 259
Epilepsy 404 179
Panic attacks 276 189
Generalized anxiety disorder 221 156

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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
155
Moderate
365
Mild
702
None
1,242

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 199
Sleepiness 144
Fatigue 53
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 52
Groggy in morning 46
Tiredness 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5 mg daily 117
1 mg daily 116
0.5mg as needed 77
2 mg daily 68
1 mg twice daily 64
0.5 mg twice daily 60
1 mg three times daily 54
1mg as needed 45
0.5 mg three times daily 33
1.5 mg daily 28

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 347
Did not seem to work 294
Other 241
Side effects too severe 240
Course of treatment ended 100
Personal research 57
Change in health plan coverage 31
Expense 27
See all 1011 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 89
2 - 5 years 225
5 - 10 years 251
10 years or more 225

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 164
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 158
1 - 2 years 140
2 - 5 years 208
5 - 10 years 92
10 years or more 49
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1720
Usually 456
Sometimes 210
Never taken as prescribed 78
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 155
A little hard to take 346
Not at all hard to take 1891
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 37
$25-49 123
< $25 1405
Not specified 890

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 127
Lorazepam (Ativan) 64
Diazepam (Valium) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11

Show all 54 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 37
Lorazepam (Ativan) 35
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 13
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

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219 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

Dec 27, 2017 (Started Mar 25, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for tremor in limbs)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After taking 1 mg of Clonazapam twice/day for over 10 yrs., my new PCP informed me that it could cause cognitive disfunction. Since that is the last thing I want, I weaned myself totally off of it about 6 wks. ago; however, I was having sleeping problems and some nights (mornings), I wouldn't fall asleep until 4-5:00am. Because of this, I am now taking .25 mg before bedtime and plan to discontinue that in the future, and maybe just take it if absolutely necessary.

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Dec 15, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 12, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is an effective anti-anxiety medication. I spent years being ran through almost every anti-anxiety rx. I always come back to clonazepam b/c it has the least bad side effects, is accepted by Medicare & is not a financial burden.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Dec 15, 2017 (Started Jun 29, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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