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 2,130 1,134
Panic Disorder 836 477
Insomnia 405 251
Epilepsy 394 170
Panic attacks 268 177
Stiffness/Spasticity 205 90

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 150
Moderate 341
Mild 629
None 1,110

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 179
Sleepiness 129
Fatigue 48
Groggy in morning 46
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 38
Sedation 38

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 119
0.5 mg daily 108
0.5mg as needed 65
2 mg daily 54
1 mg three times daily 54
1 mg twice daily 53
1mg as needed 41
0.5 mg twice daily 40
0.5 mg three times daily 35
2 mg twice daily 22

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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 233
Side effects too severe 227
Course of treatment ended 93
Personal research 55
Expense 27
Change in health plan coverage 25
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 52
1 - 2 years 93
2 - 5 years 180
5 - 10 years 225
10 years or more 164

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 140
1 - 6 months 208
6 months - 1 year 149
1 - 2 years 138
2 - 5 years 194
5 - 10 years 92
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1550
Usually 422
Sometimes 190
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 70
Somewhat hard to take 141
A little hard to take 324
Not at all hard to take 1695
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 35
$25-49 119
< $25 1271
Not specified 798

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 96
Lorazepam (Ativan) 46
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9

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Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 29
Lorazepam (Ativan) 25
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 11

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214 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

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Shorty2222
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Shorty2222
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 28y
  • Duration: ? yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Moderate
5 seizures
1 week ago
I am: vb
I have:
Epilepsy

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Mar 8, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Helps with my anxiety as well as soon as I took it and sezuires but if I miss or skip a dose I have a sezuire straight away. And if I have two sezuires in a row my epilepsy specialist said to take one straight after so I don't have another and it works in enough time for if I have to get to hospital
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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rose5
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
Parkinson's

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Dec 28, 2016 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Dystonia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 11, 2015 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Dystonia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: KLONOPIN DOESN'T SEEM TO BE HELPING MUCH ANYMORE. MY FOOT AND HAND CRAMPS ARE BACK.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 11, 2014 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Dystonia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After taking Klonopin for many years, it is only helping me with my Dystonia slightly.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 15, 2012 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have severe dystonia in my legs and feet. I take my meds as soon as I wake up because I cannot get up and walk for about 1/2 an hour.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 14, 2012 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: NOT HELPING AS MUCH AS IN THE PAST WITH DYSTONIA
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 4, 2010 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 13, 2009 (Started Apr 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was prescribed Klonopin because of my dystonia which came on at the same time as my PD. I had trouble sleeping at night partially because I would get severe pain in the arch of my foot and the calf of my leg. It would wake me up in the middle of the night screaming in pain. Then my foot would turn on it's side and my toes would curl up making it impossible for me to walk. I also was having daytime problems. I would be walking somewhere and in an instant my foot would turn on it's side & my toes would crunch in. It is excruciatingly painful, and you have no control over it. I have to sit and wait for my foot to loosen up for 15-45 minutes. I have only a few episodes a month since Klonopin. Before, I couldn't even guess how many times it happened in 1 month. I take 1mg in the am, 1mg in the afternoon, and 2mg before bed. It has been a great benefit to me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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gagafor2
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gagafor2
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 65
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Oct 27, 2016 (Started Mar 10, 2003)

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

Jan 4, 2016 (Started Mar 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Persistent worry)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 14, 2015 (Started Mar 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Persistent worry)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxiety attacks)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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