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 2,358 1,300
Panic disorder 1,008 573
Insomnia 412 259
Epilepsy 404 179
Panic attacks 278 193
Generalized anxiety disorder 226 159

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 158
Moderate 371
Mild 712
None 1,256

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 202
Sleepiness 148
Fatigue 54
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 51
Groggy in morning 46
Tiredness 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5 mg daily 123
1 mg daily 119
0.5mg as needed 77
2 mg daily 73
0.5 mg twice daily 58
1 mg twice daily 51
1mg as needed 50
1 mg three times daily 45
1.5 mg daily 29
0.5 mg three times daily 27

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 349
Did not seem to work 296
Other 246
Side effects too severe 244
Course of treatment ended 100
Personal research 57
Change in health plan coverage 32
Expense 27
See all 1023 patients who've stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 83
2 - 5 years 209
5 - 10 years 258
10 years or more 227

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 164
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 160
1 - 2 years 141
2 - 5 years 210
5 - 10 years 96
10 years or more 52
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1746
Usually 459
Sometimes 213
Never taken as prescribed 79
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 156
A little hard to take 350
Not at all hard to take 1919
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 5
$50-99 38
$25-49 124
< $25 1422
Not specified 904

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 130
Lorazepam (Ativan) 65
Diazepam (Valium) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

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

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

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220 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I rarely take this medicine any longer because of my job change.

Jan 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I don't like taking this because of its long-term effects. I've been needing it much less since I quit my job.

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Mar 4, 2018 (Started Oct 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: There have been no significant changes in the distribution, effectiveness or dosage of this medication since my last post date.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 14, 2016 (Started Oct 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: The impact of this daily (1 mg. capsule three times daily) treatment is quite helpful and I have no issues with side effects. However an added benefit is that it works well w/my blood pressure level, as it , prevents it from elevating and assists my blood pressure from rising to an excessive, life threatening level. As well I also meditate and spend time reading or relaxing as an additional benefit for both the panic disorder, ie; anxiety elevation level and blood pressure elevation.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 7, 2016 (Started Oct 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Clonazepam is very effective as far as my benefit is concerned and the unexpected benefit is sleepiness which makes for a restful night. The treatment is manageable as it has no adverse side effects and I follow my dosing in accordance with the Physician's instructions. There is no imapact on my daily life as I know how my system will tolerate this Drug.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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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