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Clonazepam User Reviews & Ratings

Brand names: Klonopin

Clonazepam has an average rating of 8.2 out of 10 from a total of 2,068 reviews on Drugs.com. 79% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 12% reported a negative experience.

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Anxiety  Off-label
8.5
809 reviews for Anxiety 52 medications
Panic Disorder  
8.6
517 reviews for Panic Disorder 18 medications
Insomnia  Off-label
7.3
200 reviews for Insomnia 113 medications
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal  Off-label
4.7
112 reviews for Benzodiazepine Withdrawal 2 medications
Bipolar Disorder  Off-label
8.7
98 reviews for Bipolar Disorder 36 medications
Restless Legs Syndrome  Off-label
8.1
96 reviews for Restless Legs Syndrome 11 medications
Seizure Prevention  
8.5
59 reviews for Seizure Prevention 32 medications
Burning Mouth Syndrome  Off-label
7.8
35 reviews for Burning Mouth Syndrome 11 medications
Migraine Prevention  Off-label
8.2
35 reviews for Migraine Prevention 18 medications
Night Terrors  Off-label
8.0
26 reviews for Night Terrors 3 medications
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder  Off-label
9.3
23 reviews for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 9 medications
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder  Off-label
8.7
19 reviews for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder 6 medications
Borderline Personality Disorder  Off-label
8.6
12 reviews for Borderline Personality Disorder 28 medications
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder  Off-label
9.0
7 reviews for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder 31 medications
Epilepsy  
9.8
7 reviews for Epilepsy 58 medications
Sleep Paralysis  Off-label
8.3
5 reviews for Sleep Paralysis 3 medications
Chronic Myofascial Pain  Off-label
8.5
4 reviews for Chronic Myofascial Pain 39 medications
Hyperekplexia  Off-label
9.0
3 reviews for Hyperekplexia 3 medications
Meniere's Disease  
8.0
1 reviews for Meniere's Disease 1 medications
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Reviews for Clonazepam

  • Soldier
  • August 26, 2020

Klonopin (clonazepam) for Panic Disorder "Having been through two combat tours in the Army, psychologically I was not in great shape. Every vet is different; for me, I was basically crippled by GAD and sometimes had over 15 panic attacks a day, one rolling over into another. SSRIs (and I tried them all) helped, but not enough to get me on an even keel to function in the world. I was 24 when my psychiatrist put me on Klonopin. 9 years later, I have a wonderful wife, a beautiful son, and a career that brings me great pride. None of this would have been possible without the help I received from taking Klonopin. There’s a lot of bias against benzos, and it is very true that they can be abused. But for people that truly need them, it’s a disservice to this potential lifesaver. It helped me take my life back. I’m grateful to have Klonopin in my toolbox even to this day. Seize the day, people; go out there and get busy living. If Klonopin or another benzo can help, then just do it. Life is too short."

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  • Irene
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • June 4, 2020

For Insomnia "I’ve been on 2mg of Clonazepam for 3 years every night for insomnia. About 6 months ago, I suddenly was no longer able to fall asleep. My Dr. agreed that the benzo was no longer even working. He suggested I take 5 mg of liquid melatonin, and increase it by 5 mg every other night until I fell asleep easily. At 15 mg, I fell asleep easily! After taking the melatonin for 6 weeks, he had me cut my Clonazepam pill 25%. Still fell asleep great. At 10 days, he had me cut it 50%! Still, I fell asleep easily, and stayed asleep all night! I stayed at the 50% cut for 3 weeks, and then cut it down 75%! After 2 more weeks, I stopped taking it completely. I’ve had ZERO symptoms & sleep great. I still take the 15mg melatonin every night and that’s all. I know this is not a forum for discontinuation, but I wanted to share in case it could help someone else. I suffered for 10 years with horrible, horrible insomnia."

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  • Just...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • March 22, 2021

For Anxiety "I never took an aspirin until 3 years ago when not only did I suffer trauma and the ensuing PTSD at the ripe old age of 60, but I also was diagnosed with an incurable, chronic autoimmune disease. I am now 63, and after having tried multiple SSRIs, which do nothing, I was prescribed clonazepam. I take 1 mg once a day. I was warned about all the side effects...dependency, tolerance, etc., and quite frankly, I do not care. If this drug keeps me alive and calms my thoughts, and makes me want to live. My doctor is in full agreement with taking this for the rest of my days. Quality of life versus quantity... I have no intention of coming off of it... therefore withdrawal will not be an issue."

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  • skiman
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • February 24, 2020

For Anxiety "I get annoyed when I google Klonopin and all I see is scare tactics of how it's so dangerous. It has been a lifesaver for me for the last 5 years. I never abused it or ever even got the slightest remote high from it. I take 2mg in the morning and 2mg after 5 PM. It literally saved my career as the level of anxiety that came over me was horrible and the only drug that stopped my heart from pounding out of my chest is Klonopin."

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  • Chris
  • June 11, 2020

Klonopin (clonazepam) for Panic Disorder "Just because your particular biochemistry had a bad reaction, does not mean a certain drug is bad for everyone. Benzos get a bad rep because of their dependency nature. I will tell you that I have suffered with anxiety and OCD for many years. I have tried other medicines. They have bad side effects. I have tried natural alternatives, although they do work a little bit - it's only a little bit. The upside is they rarely have any side effects. So if you can have a natural supplement work for you, go that route. However, I will say that I am someone that does not like to take pharm medicine and if I have the need for Klonopin, I only try to take it every few days or so. But I will tell you, when I do take it, it's absolutely the only thing that has worked. It does not make me feel weird, groggy, or zombie-like. It makes me feel back to my normal, natural me: calm, content, and just overall good! People who advocate against Klonopin are doing a disservice to people that the drug is helpful for."

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  • Ddr
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • January 1, 2020

Klonopin (clonazepam) for Panic Disorder "Had panic disorders all through high school and did nothing about it till 4th year of college. I've been on 1mg of Klonopin for 24 years and my dose has never increased or decreased. It truly changed my life for the good. Thank you for letting me share."

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  • benzo...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • April 24, 2020

For Benzodiazepine Withdrawal "I'm very aware of the dangers and the suffering of benzo withdrawal. I've gone through it multiple times and I'm only 25. However, I'm going to detail the successful tapering schedule I did using Klonopin. I was taking 2mg for two years and this is how I successfully got off. I did 1.75mg for a week, 1.5mg for a week, 1.25mg for a week, 1mg for a week, 0.875mg for a week, 0.75mg for a week, 0.625mg for a week, 0.5mg for a week, 0.325mg for a week, 0.25mg for a week, 0.125mg for a week, and then I jumped off. No, it wasn't easy, but it sure beat rapid withdrawal in a detox center and then going insane for months. I suggest trying what I did and you can prolong the cuts as well. Instead of holding for one week, hold for two, three, or a month. Be well everyone and good luck with the fight!"

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  • Anony...
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • June 14, 2021

For Anxiety "This medication is not for everyone, but the stigma within the medical community is making it difficult for people who desperately need it to get access. This medication is the best thing I have ever used for my anxiety. I have never had any success with antidepressants (I've tried all classes); they all made me sick, more anxious, and some even caused serotonin syndrome (which clonazepam saved me from too). This medication helps me learn how to grow from my anxiety, helps me sleep better, and most of all works amazingly. Taking it is honestly like a built-in therapy session because I learn about my toxic actions that are absent when I'm not anxious. I only take it when absolutely needed. I love it so much, please be kind to people who use this as their medication monotherapy."

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  • Chris
  • September 5, 2020

Klonopin (clonazepam) for Panic Disorder "I work in healthcare, and obviously the last six months have been very stressful with COVID. I've had crazy body symptoms and crazy thoughts running through my mind. Klonopin has been a huge help in allowing me to work and remain centered and calm. In fact, I'm probably wondering if I should have been on this medicine for the last 30 years. Give it time, and the fatigue will go away, and the clear, calm mind will come. That's how it worked for me."

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  • Miche...
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • June 26, 2020

For Anxiety "I've been on numerous medications over the last 20 years, including Xanax. About 15 years ago, my doctor put me on Klonopin. For the first time, I felt better. About 5 years later, I switched insurance companies and had my new doctor switch me to Xanax, which worked fine. After that, I've had about 4 different psychiatrists and none of them liked Xanax, so they took me off of them and put me on other meds that did not work. So I've suffered for the last 4 years. I have PTSD and anxiety. Finally, I just got a new psychiatrist, and she put me back on Klonopin, and I'm so relieved. I feel so much better. Don't let anyone tell you it's a bad medication. I never had withdrawals years ago when I quit taking them. They have helped me better than any other medication."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • June 30, 2023

Klonopin (clonazepam) for Panic Disorder "So, I wanted to write a recent review for people who are considering taking Klonopin. First and foremost, I was prescribed Zoloft last year in the summer, and it helped me for about 6 months, and then it stopped working for me. My doctor prescribed me Lexapro, and that seems to be helping me a lot, but I still have panic attacks from time to time. I asked my doctor about taking Klonopin because I've heard such great things about this drug from others who also have panic attacks and bad anxiety. I was prescribed 0.5mg but was told to cut it in half to 0.25mg, and honestly, guys, it has helped me TREMENDOUSLY! When I feel like I'm about to have a panic attack, I take what I am prescribed, and it does make me sleepy, but I sleep so peacefully, and I'm fine for days. Praying that my review will help someone!"

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  • ATano
  • October 14, 2020

Klonopin (clonazepam) for Panic Disorder "I am a nurse and was so anti-psych-based medication until COVID hit. I lost my job due to not being able to work an odd shift. I started having panic, anxiety, and paranoia. I have a huge phobia with medication that it will cause every side effect. I finally was brave enough to try 0.25 mg. This medication has changed my life for the good thus far. At one point I could not drive/function due to panic, and this has made things much easier."

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  • finally...
  • January 10, 2020

For Insomnia "Having insomnia is so scary. I finally got a doctor who was willing to prescribe clonazepam for me. While I know taking Klonopin every night is bad, when you can't sleep at all and you fear going to bed, Klonopin is a godsend. I believe having sleep helps your health, which we all need. I feel like myself again."

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  • kamoroj
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • November 9, 2014

Klonopin (clonazepam) for Anxiety "Many people are unreasonably scared of Klonopin's bad withdrawal dramas. Well... It is true. It is a painful process to get away from Klonopin once you stepped into its comfortable zone, but I want to say I would rather feel relaxed and comfortable than struggling with unnecessary anxiety caused by neurotransmitter imbalances. This medication truly gave me freedom from fear and agitation and helped me get back to my life."

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  • Casey
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • August 21, 2020

For Anxiety "On Klonopin for anxiety and insomnia. Klonopin saved my life. It also improved every relationship I treasure. I've taken it for 8 years and my work has improved, my relationships have improved, and I'm more relaxed. Also, my base dose has not increased beyond 1.0 mg a day. Often it's just 0.25 mg a day. Personally, I don't have any plan to stop taking it. My wife says I'm better in everyday on it, including the bedroom. So there... :)"

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  • Glad
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • May 3, 2021

For Benzodiazepine Withdrawal "I started taking Xanax after I lost my job and then my wife to brain cancer. My psychiatrist recommended Klonopin since it lasts longer. I started to wean myself off by taking smaller doses over a long period of time (4-6 weeks lowered each dose)... it’s now weeks with no meds and very little, if any, side effects... I’m 67... if I can do it... you can too!"

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  • Yogi
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • June 9, 2020

Klonopin (clonazepam) for Panic Disorder "Ok, here goes. Klonopin is by far the best drug for anxiety, period, for me. Everyone is different, of course, and I have never felt the need to take more than necessary. In fact, I always try to take less. SSRIs did nothing for me; in fact, they made me more anxious. Any drug, if taken too much or abused, can cause serious issues. Also, keep in mind who your reviewers are - me included. Most people who have a bad experience will review; good experiences don't even think about writing a review. I think the ratings would be closer to 9.5 if everyone took the time to write a positive review. As we all know, people are more likely to comment when they have negative outcomes, and that’s understandable. People who take this medication also tend to have anxiety, panic, GAD like myself, and can be very in touch with every perceived symptom within their body. In my opinion, way more than the average Joe walking down the street. In other words, take these reviews for what they are worth - a single person's opinion, and often a person who is suffering to find anything that will make them feel better."

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  • Becoo...
  • October 3, 2019

For Anxiety "Ok, so here’s the thing. This medication was recommended to me after I told my doctor that I no longer wanted to use Xanax given its newly acquired bad reputation. I’m on 0.5 (an immensely small dose) and it’s helped tremendously. Lost multiple friends and family members this year, and my stress levels have been through the roof. On such a small dose, both my mother (a licensed practitioner) and my doctor are not worried about it forming some sort of full-blown addiction. As needed is the way to be. Don’t take them “once a day as needed”; take them as YOU need them, not every day. Don’t worry about the side effects. Don’t worry about the stigma. Just heal. And if this happens to be an aid in healing for the time being, well, then so be it."

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  • DEAsu...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • December 12, 2019

For Insomnia "After suffering with insomnia my entire adult life, I've been using clonazepam for sleep for 12 years. 0.5 to 1 mg nightly. Sleep like a baby and wake feeling refreshed and really good. No side effects at all! If you suspect your insomnia is due to anxiety, you must give this a try."

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  • Chris...
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • August 24, 2021

Klonopin (clonazepam) for Panic Disorder "I've been on Klonopin for 9 years. And contrary to what critics say, I haven't needed to increase my dose in 9 years. I'm pretty sure Klonopin saved my life. It definitely has helped me to continue working as a healthcare worker. I know many physicians who take it and swear by it and that has always increased my confidence in using it long term. I hope to one day not need it but why would I worry about using a medicine that makes me a better husband, father, neighbor, and dentist? Of all the benzos, it's the only one I would take. I take 0.5mg in the morning and 0.5 to 1.0 mg at night. The drowsy effect wears off in weeks and I actually get a little surge of energy from it because I'm relaxed and my mental outlook becomes more optimistic. This medicine has been a Godsend for me."

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  • tabby
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • October 2, 2020

For Benzodiazepine Withdrawal "Withdrawing from this drug has been the worst experience of my life. On 0.5mg twice a day for five years, I wasn't told by my doctor that it is addictive and not for long-term use. I told the doctor I wanted to stop taking it, and he advised me to wean myself off it. After 3 months of reducing it, I stopped completely, and during the weaning process, I never experienced any withdrawal symptoms. Within a week they started: dizzy, ringing in my ears, tremors, terrible headaches, nausea, lack of appetite, and weight loss. Every time I feel a little better, all of the symptoms come back. I am told that this can go on for months. My advice, don't start on this drug."

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  • Jay
  • November 17, 2020

For Benzodiazepine Withdrawal "I was on clonazepam for 12 years - 0.5 twice daily with the larger dose at night to help me sleep. I never increased my dose. It allowed me to have a life, a business, and a relationship and be normal again. I am now in my late 50s, and our country has decided this medication can't be taken long term, so I weaned myself off them. It was horrible, and I miss the feeling of being relaxed. So far, nothing else has worked for my anxiety, and now it is a struggle every day. Clonazepam was a lifesaver for me, and although I feel much brighter mentally off it, I struggle so much with physical exhaustion, lack of sleep, and other issues. The side effects feel like they were worth it for my quality of life, but I am unable to access this medication. As I slide into my 60s, I feel like this should not be a time I have to relearn how to be a normal human again... :( I lose 20-30 hours per week of unproductive time, I have high blood pressure, horrible insomnia, pulled muscles in my body from stress..."

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  • bjsd
  • October 18, 2014

Klonopin (clonazepam) for Anxiety "I am 60 and have been on Klonopin for over 20 years. I have tried everything under the sun, no kidding. I have not only anxiety, but chronic depression, bipolar disorder, limb jerking, panic attacks to the extreme. I am so sensitive to meds, it's scary. So when I find something that works, I stick with it. I usually only take the 'Brand Name' due to good insurance, or I couldn't. I'll tell you from experience, if you stick to an exact timeline for taking it, rather than as needed, you will do a lot better. I have never had any side effects from it, which is a blessing. It helps with all of the above. I took myself off about 17 medications a doctor had me on. I call them stackers. For a while, I did not even know who I was. Now, I am stable, doing the best I ever have."

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  • Dave
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • November 21, 2021

For Anxiety "Oh man...where to start. Well let me start with this, I fell in love with the contentment that this drug brought on. It took my anxiety and whisked it away like a hawk hovering overhead and about to devour its prey. Normalcy was a spell cast by a potion made up of medicine, contentment, and confidence. The truth with this drug is we learn to like things that change for the better. If you stop taking it, it would bring on bad symptoms made up of fear and uncertainty. Why risk that? This drug worked for me, and I'll take it forever. It doesn't mean we're addicts. It just means we're surviving. Best wishes to all."

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  • Guitp...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • March 7, 2022

For Anxiety "I have suffered from anxiety on and off throughout my life depending on circumstances going on around me. With the last 2+ years, lockdowns, isolation, starting a new job, I found a slow buildup coming for a while and it finally hit me about a month ago. I take Zoloft, but when I get really bad, Klonopin is an absolute life saver, LITERALLY. I just try to limit when and how I take it. I read my body and if it is evening time and I feel my panic and stress level rising and know I won't sleep, I take a 0.5mg and it helps very quickly. The physical toll anxiety has on your body to me is far worse than needing a helpful medication. I do not know where I would be without it, and I am 52 years old now. I still do positive things like meditation, exercise, eat well, and no alcohol, as well as a stress counselor. I feel this medication is the best solution for anxiety. I hope this post helps someone."

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