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Clonazepam (Clonazepam) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Clonazepam reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 13 ratings/reviews, Clonazepam has an overall score of 7.77. The effectiveness score is 8.46 and the side effect score is 8. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Clonazepam review by 57 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Blepharospasm
Dosage & duration:   1 mg taken 1/day for the period of 3 months - still taking it
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Very slight reduction in muscle spasms around eyes. Ended up also getting light Botox injections in eyelid muscles. This combo therapy has not resulted in a total cessation of eyelid spasms, but has reduced them enough so that I can drive again (the main disability caused by the blepharospasm). Taking the clonazepam at night also helps me get a better night's rest than before I took it.
Side effects:   The first few days I took it I was dizzy and very sleepy. However, those side effects have now subsided.
Comments:   Take 1 MG tab at night before bed. As mentioned above, also got Botox injections to reduce eyelid spasmx.

 

Clonazepam review by 52 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   agoraphobia, panic disorder
Dosage & duration:   2 mg at night taken every night for the period of since 1988
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   valium 5 mg as needed
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Taking the rivotril made me sleepy at first but then it just calmed me down enough to be able to cope with life. I was constantly anxious and scared and the rivotril made it possible for me to come down to relatively normal anxiety levels in "safe" situations, whereas before I didn't have any situations I considered safe. It helped me sleep and made me feel more rested and in control. I got pregnant while taking it (I had been trying for 18 years) and I honestly believe that being more relaxed helped me not only to get pregnant but to carry the baby as I had had four miscarraiges previously. I started confronting situations that were uncomfortable to me before and was able to live a reasonably normal life, even though I have become housebound. I feel the rivotril got me through a very tough time in my life.
Side effects:   The Rivotril didn't have any side effects in the long run, it made me a bit sluggish at first. However after taking it for a few years and feeling I no longer needed it, I found it impossible to stop taking it as the withdrawal symptoms were so bad. I have cut the dosage down considerably, from 5 mg at night to one, then I became nervous again and started taking 2 again. I have tried several times to come off the drug completely but the results have been tremors and feeling sick along with high anxiety to the point of hardly being able to speak. I would always go back on it. I never felt I needed MORE...I just coudn't stop taking even a small amount.
Comments:   I was told that panic attacks were caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain in the same area that caused epileptic fits. As Rivotril is a sedative and is given to people with epilepsy they had found that it also helped alleviate panic attacks. I was prescribed it for this reason. I am unable to take anti-depressants which also stop panic attacks because of strong side effects so this was a better choice for me at the time. I feel that it did the job, but had I known I would be on it for the rest of my life I'm not sure I would have started taking it. But maybe if I was desperate like I was then I would. I was concerned about taking it while pregnant but my child was normal. She did have bad withdrawal symptoms though after I stopped breast feeding her. No one realized that was what was happening when she cried all the time for seemingly no reason. Back then it was unknown that going off the drug caused withdrawal as the drug had never been used short term. Only for epileptics for life. She is 13 now and perfectly normal. However I do feel guilty about having put her through that.

 

Clonazepam review by 43 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   insomnia and anxiety
Dosage & duration:   2 mg per day taken once a day for the period of 1.5 years
Other conditions:   depression, agorophobia and BDD
Other drugs taken:   prozac and seroquel
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Prozac makes me feel just stabilized not really "Happy",it really just levels me out so i can cope with everyday life and the stresses involved. It was one of the better medications i have tried and have tried several over the past few years that really did nothing. Seroquel was also prescribed for sleeping . I took that in combination with the clonazepam
Side effects:   prozac affects my sex drive mostly and i get headaches, the clonazepam i really don't feel any side effects except it doesn't always work and the seroquel puts on water weight gain makes you ravenous and can leave you feeling disoriented if you do not get enough sleep
Comments:   i am being treated for several disorders and will most likely remain on meds for life as i have recurrent depression and chronic insomnia. The phobia seems to dissapate but it can also return again as i have developed it twice, or i could develop another phobia. In essence i have relapsed seen a psychiatrist, a counsellor, and my doctor along with the medications as part of my treatment program over the last 1.5 years

 

Clonazepam review by 19 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   anxiety/ panic attacks/ insomnia
Dosage & duration:   1mg twice daily (2mg daily total) taken as perscribed twice daily for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   depression
Other drugs taken:   None that would sugnificantly interact
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The drug was taken for my daily anxiety caused by stress and also insomnia to help relax my body before bed. The drug is mainly intended for anxiety and works great at relieving those systems such as irregular heart beat, nervousness and other anxiety causing symptoms. I give it a 9 out of 10 for its performance.
Side effects:   The only thing i didnt like about this drug is that with taking it overtime I felt as if my body built tolerance to the drug as well as became more dependent on it. I still am until this day and have managed to ween off the drug. Then again every ones body is different, Just do your research before taking benzodiazepines long term.
Comments:   The treatment overall treated my anxiety quickly and effectively. No regrets. The drug overall has treated me effectively despite the minor drawbacks.

 

Clonazepam review by 25 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Anxiety, ocd
Dosage & duration:   0.5mg taken when needed for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   Anxiety
Other drugs taken:   effexor
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   After 12 years of living with anxiety problems I discovered clonazepam and now this is my emergency pill. Fast effects which relaxes me quickly.
Side effects:   When I take clonazepam I feel a little dizzy, just like being drunk! Its gives me a light headache. My body feels so lazy that i feel I am stuck in it. This could be a strange effect for some but it's sure better than panic!
Comments:   when needed

 

Clonazepam review by 32 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   sleep walking/talking
Dosage & duration:   1mg taken before bedtime for the period of 7 months
Other conditions:   obesity, migraines
Other drugs taken:   Midrin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   This drug is very effective in making me sleep well, and works as a paralytic on my brain to keep me from sleep walking/talking. It has also cut down on my migraines since I started taking it.
Side effects:   Daytime drowsiness, highly addictive, bad withdrawal symptoms which caused terrible insomnia.
Comments:   I took 1mg at night (up from an initial 1/2 mg dose) before bed as a treatment for sleep walking/talking and the inability to progress to deep sleep. This medicine worked great at first, but after 6 months I was no longer seeing a benefit. The doctor took me off of it for 2 weeks as a drug holiday to let my brain rest, and had to put me on another med during that time because I had terrible insomnia as a result of withdrawal (I have never had insomnia in my life). I do have some short term memory problems, but overall saw a bigger benefit to feeling better and an increased quality of life to stop taking the drug.

 

Clonazepam review by 37 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Nerve damage, 1 nerve near mouth during surgery
Dosage & duration:   5mg taken dayli for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   nothing
Other drugs taken:   nothing
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   It reduced the tingling sensation, and numbness feeling in the effected part,it also acted on reducing stress levels. I found it as a last resort because for 3 years before that my life was very painful cause of the nerve damage, that I suffered during a Mucocele removal. I took the anti anxiety drug for 2 years and its side effect that it blocks nerve communication helped a lot, and thx god after 5 years i am cured, my nerve healed.
Side effects:   It was hard to discontinue, I had to quater the tablets, and take 3/4, for 2 weeks, then 1/2 for 2 weeks then 1/4 for a week before i could get out of it.
Comments:   It reduced the tingling sensation, and numbness feeling in the effected part, I found it as a last resort because for 3 years before that my life was very painful cause of the nerve damage, that I suffered during a Mucocele removal. I took the anti anxiety drug for 2 years and its side effect that it blocks nerve communication helped a lot, and thx god after 5 years i am cured, my nerve healed.

 

Clonazepam review by 51 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   hyperactive nerves and chronic small seizures
Dosage & duration:   2 mg taken once at night ~ occasionally extra for the period of last 9 years
Other conditions:   migraine, fibromyalgia, fatigue
Other drugs taken:   amitryptiline, recently sertraline
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Ability to relax enough to sleep. Gradual relief from severe TMJ and tension that began to feel like being frozen solid. Relief from restless leg syndrome. Ability to relax gradually over time. Relief from chattering teeth.
Side effects:   none really.
Comments:   For years, after some kind of nerve damage after a spinal tap, I would start to have small seizures every time I would begin to relax. (GETTING TENSE DIDN'T HELP EITHER ;-) I had trouble laying quietly, let alone sleeping. My teeth chattered and my legs twitched like crazy and there was a very painful weak spot in my lower back. I still have the painful weak spot and pretty severe migraines, but this drug was a quality of life saver. When I took it at the same time as Topomax it was ESPECIALLY effective. I take 2 mg at night before bed, and sometimes another .5 or 1 mg during the day if symptoms were bad. It's exhausting to never be able to relax.

 

Clonazepam review by 53 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   anxiety/insomnia/
Dosage & duration:   0.5 mg qhs taken qhs for the period of 8 years
Other conditions:   Depression, migraines, fibromyalgia
Other drugs taken:   cymbalta, atenolol (migraines), ultram (fibromyalgia)
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I took it when my husband of 30 years left me and my 4 kids for another woman. I couldn't sleep, eat or function. The klonopin helped me sleep, which helped me function. I probably would have committed suicide without it.
Side effects:   I first noticed that I had trouble memorizing things. It was the trouble with equilibrium and balance that motivated me to get off of it. I got to the point where I was a little unsteady walking with flats. I also had morning grogginess, which would gradually get better by lunch time.
Comments:   It was hard weaning off because of the insomnia that insued. Once I got off my fibromyalgia got much better, the memory improved, and the disequilibrium slowly improved.

 

Clonazepam review by 21 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Anxiety/ Panic Attacks
Dosage & duration:   0.5mg taken as needed for the period of 2 1/2 years
Other conditions:   BiPolar, Depression, Anxiety
Other drugs taken:   Welbutrin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I get very bad panic attacks and completely break down no matter where I am. I decided that I couldn't let it control my life anymore, so I talked to my doctor and he prescribed me clonazepam. This drug is very dependable and works fast. Whenever I feel anxiety coming on I will take 1 or 2 pills and I'm fine.
Side effects:   It makes me sleepy, but it's definitely worth it. I'd rather feel tired than have a panic attack
Comments:   As needed

 

Clonazepam review by 47 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   anxiety insomnia
Dosage & duration:   .5 mg taken 1xd at night for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   allergies
Other drugs taken:   antihistamines
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   reduction of anxiety, better sleep quality, reduced gi symptoms (stress related)
Side effects:   Drowsiness in the morning.
Comments:   Initially this drug was prescribed short term for a significant life crisis. I did not use it much as such, I did not feel short term effects for daytime use. I did, however, learn that taking 1 mg prior to bed would better the quality of my sleep, stop me from waking up in the middle of the night with anxiety and allow me to sleep longer. Overall, this improvement in sleep quality allowed me to function better in the daytime thus allowing me to deal with the stressors on hand. I have reduced the dose to .5 mg nightly with the same effects and less morning drowsiness. I intend to continue to lower the dose until I am off it entirely. That said, if the sleep disorder/anxiety returns, I will not hesitate to return to using the drug. Hope this helps someone.

 

Clonazepam review by 37 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   anxiety
Dosage & duration:   500micrograms (dosage frequency: twice a day) for the period of dont no yet
Other conditions:   reflux and bi polar
Other drugs taken:   escitrapram
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   ok so far no probs just the odd headache i find the clonazapam lasts me about 7 to 8 hours is that about right for 1mg i dont no
Side effects:   im having the dizzyness but im also having a lot of hot sweats
Comments:   anxiety is very high never goes away got worse when my mom passed away december 09 then i had my son jan10

 

Clonazepam review by 56 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Anxiety
Dosage & duration:   2 mg taken twice daily for the period of 5 years
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Reduced anxiety, calmness. Prior to using this drug I was not able to function well in my job. I did not want to go out, particularly to crowded areas such as church or shopping. Now I have no problem with going out.
Side effects:   ED, mild energy loss. The ED was the most difficult side effect and I have not consulted my physician about this. My psychiatrist, who issued the drug, does not issue ED medication because he does not have facilities to evaluate my other health needs. Another mild side effect is that if I miss a dose it seems like I have a mild racing heart. Withdrawal symptom. this will occur several hours after a missed dose.
Comments:   Morning and evening, one tablet, 2 mg. There is a buildup period and until the body has adapted there may be some drowsiness or motor control deficiency. These are gone after a month or so.
 


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