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 1,996 1,037
Panic Disorder 746 416
Insomnia 406 251
Epilepsy 390 167
Panic attacks 266 173
Stiffness/Spasticity 205 90

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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 139
Moderate 329
Mild 591
None 1,007

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clonazepam

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 177
Sleepiness 121
Groggy in morning 47
Fatigue 39
Sedation 39
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 33

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clonazepam

Dosage Patients
0.5 mg daily 98
1 mg daily 89
2 mg daily 53
0.5mg as needed 52
1 mg twice daily 34
1 mg three times daily 34
0.5 mg twice daily 29
1mg as needed 26
0.5 mg three times daily 22
1.5 mg daily 20

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Why patients stopped taking Clonazepam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 310
Did not seem to work 272
Other 226
Side effects too severe 220
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 54
Change in health plan coverage 25
Expense 25
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Duration

Currently taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 69
2 - 5 years 162
5 - 10 years 174
10 years or more 124

Stopped taking Clonazepam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 136
1 - 6 months 203
6 months - 1 year 146
1 - 2 years 127
2 - 5 years 187
5 - 10 years 86
10 years or more 38
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1438
Usually 387
Sometimes 179
Never taken as prescribed 62
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 66
Somewhat hard to take 136
A little hard to take 312
Not at all hard to take 1552
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 33
$25-49 115
< $25 1187
Not specified 724

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clonazepam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 69
Lorazepam (Ativan) 31
Diazepam (Valium) 20
Buspirone (BuSpar) 7
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Clonazepam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 21
Lorazepam (Ativan) 19
Diazepam (Valium) 16
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9
Trazodone (Desyrel) 7

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching to

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212 patient evaluations for Clonazepam

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Girly49
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Girly49
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Oct 27, 2016 (Started Dec 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Tremor in right leg)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 30, 2016 (Started Dec 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Tremor in right leg)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Slowness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This medicine can make me feel hungover, slower in movement and weepy. I only take it if absolutely necessary.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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browncat87
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browncat87
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Oct 16, 2016 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Tremor(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Depressant, Drowsiness, Sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: I am much calmer when I am on Clonazepam. Make sure you don't take more than MD instructs
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depressant, Sleepiness, Drowsiness

Nov 22, 2009 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Depressant, Drowsiness, Sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I feel as though I am addicted to it but I get stiff without it
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depressant, Sleepiness, Drowsiness

Feb 18, 2009 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness, Sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depressant, Sleepiness, Drowsiness

Jan 17, 2009 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depressant, Sleepiness, Drowsiness

Aug 19, 2008 (Started May 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depressant, Sleepiness, Drowsiness

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jackconrad
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jackconrad
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Oct 5, 2016 (Started Jul 09, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Mild Depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Weight gain, Sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: take as needed, will help sleep and flexibility.also acts as a anti depressant with a lot less side effects than actual anti depressant.can cause weight gain. This is one drug i highly recommend works better than Xanax for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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