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User Reviews for Clonazepam to treat Seizure Prevention

Also known as: Klonopin

Clonazepam has an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 from a total of 58 ratings for the treatment of Seizure Prevention. 83% of those users who reviewed Clonazepam reported a positive effect, while 9% reported a negative effect.

Clonazepam Rating Summary

8.6/10 average rating

58 ratings from 57 user reviews.

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Reviews for Clonazepam

Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 25, 2021

Klonopin (clonazepam): “At 12 years old I was diagnosed with epilepsy after grand mal seizures. It took years of being on numerous epilepsy medications throughout the years. I am 47 years old and finally a different neurologist got the right combination of 2 medications that has changed my life in a very positive way. I take Lamictal twice a day (each 200 milligram tablets) The Lamictal alone wasn’t enough for my epileptic condition. My neurologist added the Klonopin 3 times a day 1 milligram tablets) and bingo this is what has kept me seizure free. I wish I never had to take Klonopin as it makes me so tired but I will deal with that verses having a grand mal seizure. It boggles my mind that this is considered a controlled substance as I think who the heck would want this? Who the heck would want to feel tired? Who would actually enjoy taking this if they didn’t have to? Unbelievable. Not fun at all by any means. My neurologist adding the Klonopin with Lamictal nailed down my epilepsy condition.”

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Epileptic WA · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 11, 2020

Klonopin (clonazepam): “Was originally on 400 mg of zonisamide that started at 200 mg and still had breakthrough seizures. Was given .5 clonazepam. Worked great. Got taken off it for a study. When I was put back on they gave me zonisamide and vimpat. Still had seizures. Started clonazepam again. Seizure free.”

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ru February 11, 2020

Klonopin (clonazepam): “I was on clonazepan for several years to treat tremors and have been suffering withdrawal for over a year now. Was dizzy for a year felt like rubbish and got high anxiety from it. Still have anxiety caused by stopping this drug. Dr say it may take years before symptoms are gone. I was a zombie while taking this drug. I say stay away from it.”

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sallymaebooth · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 26, 2013

Klonopin (clonazepam): “I was prescribed this 6 months ago by an ER doctor after my first ever tonic clonic seizure. I'd been taking it for about 6 weeks before I could get an appointment with a neuro Dr. I was working, had no problems at all with it - actually was helping me sleep better and I didn't have any other seizures. The Dr took me off them & said it wasn't the right medicine. I tried 2 medicines by his suggestions and changed Dr's after bad reactions. The new doctor had me on 3 others that also gave me bad reactions - GUESS WHAT - now I'm back on them and I'm feeling like myself again & I'm not having any trouble at all. I just wish they would've listened to me to begin with.”

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Keepingitreal · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 18, 2019

Klonopin (clonazepam): “I have been on this medication for like 8 years and it works great for me. When I start to have panic attacks or my nervous system is on overload I take 1 to 2 mgs and it instantly calms my nerves. I did have an episode where my refill was due and the pharmacy kept faxing my old doctor so due to me changing doctors I went about 6 days without it and ended up having a seizure for the first time in my life. I bit my tongue up and it really scared me. I can take up to 2 a day but I on somedays can go without. So I do when I can. I take them as prescribed. Anytime you you feel like you need more..you beat it by decreasing your in take. I refuse to have another seizure! My neurologist recommends I stay on the medication BUT I take as needed. You can fight through addiction if you are mindful about the way your body feels and just accept that some days you will not feel very good but by taking the recommended dosage is way better then nothing at all.”

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Dblink January 21, 2018

Klonopin (clonazepam): “This medication is helping me through several PTSD moment, it also helps me at night time to sleep, it keeps me calm, and keeps me from having seizures. It's a great. Some people put down benzos just for the fact that they're benzos - they don't realize the amount of how much it helps some people”

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Ron · Taken for 10 years or more August 21, 2018

Klonopin (clonazepam): “I've been on 2mg 3 times daily for the last 10 years for seizures and haven't had any problems with the drug. I've let myself run out in the past a few times and the withdrawal is mild compared to powerful narcotic analgesics such as Oxycontin or methadone.”

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singingmeadow · Taken for 10 years or more September 19, 2013

Klonopin (clonazepam): “I have taken Klonopin for at least 20 years now and it is the only medication that prevents absences and myocloptic seizures. Sometimes I have breakthroughs but not often. I vary in my doses from 1 mg a day to 3 mg at times due to needing a little more or less. Since I have been on it for so long I am able to do this. I take it at nighttime because I cannot function during the day if I take it in the morning. I think I have been on every seizure medicine there is and have had nightmare stories concerning them but Klonopin works the best for me. I believe every person is different and what works for one may not work for another. I do have to put up with occasional side effects like bouts of insomnia and breakthrough optical migraines.”

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shrink51 · Taken for 10 years or more May 22, 2014

“I have been on Clonazepam 2mg twice daily for about 23 years. I have had partial seizures since age 14 after a serious head injury. I was also on Dilantin, however I wanted children so after 10 years on Dilantin it was discontinued slowly and I remained on Clonazepam. I have been seizure free for 22 years except for some myoclonus activity during sleep. I have not had to increase my dosage and the only time I had a seizure was the two times my doctors tried to decrease my dose to see if I could come off. Apparently, that is not in the cards. I have no side effects at this point in time, do not find it sedating. I have always taken as prescribed and also maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

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PinkyandPie August 13, 2017

Klonopin (clonazepam): “Only thing that stops my very complex seizures- tried almost everything and it never helped + terrible side effects *UNTIL* I was prescribed this since I was a teen. Easiest on my system and no side effects.”

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dj1purity · Taken for 5 to 10 years April 8, 2018

Klonopin (clonazepam): “I have a seizure disorder that isn't epilepsy. I had an incidence where I had seizures back to back for days and was sent to multiple hospitals to try to help me. When I finally came out of them, I was on klonopin and keppra. Keppra alone wouldn't stop them from happening again is what I was told by medical. I also read about klonopin and know that it is prescribed for preventing seizures and happens to be good at stopping seizures that happen quickly back to back, or whatever it was that was going on specifically with me. I am glad something worked. I have never had anything so rough and weird happen to me. I love klonopin bc I also have anxiety and insomnia, both things that klonopin helps and eases as well, which also could be triggers for seizures, or symptoms of.”

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Sam November 16, 2018

“Only thing that helps me. I suffered a lot before finding this drug. I don’t like drugs or taking them. I resist taking anything even an Advil even if I really need it. But this is the one I can’t really talk badly about. The only bad part is I’m scared to come off it if I wanted to one day. But any epileptic medication withdrawal is said to be just as bad. I take the lowest 0.25 mg dose daily for 5 years and didn’t have to increase. I’m just scared one day I will need to increase or have to withdrawal. But we can’t live in fear guys. Just don’t abuse this drug and use it only if very needed. I suffered for 20 years before finding it. I don’t like when people try to bash me for it when they don’t know what it’s like to have almost literal extra electrical currents in the brain. Do what’s best for you”

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Taco · Taken for 10 years or more July 26, 2018

“I have been on Klonopin 0.5 mg for 30 years of my life to control my grand mal seizures, epileptic seizures. I had had them consistently before Klonopin and were a very scary part of my life. I've had them since I was four. I felt like I was falling into a deep hole that never ended, and sometimes I would look like a fish out of water. Other meds I was on had me drowsy and sleeping all the time. ... I didn't like that. I still may have some anxiety when I'm under pressure with work, but I get through it. I have a very serious question though. I have been on this medication for 30 years, per doctor's order, and it works fine. My boyfriend, now ex-boyfriend, told me the other day that I am addicted to this medication. How is that possible? This meds saves me from having epileptic seizures! Is he right? Is being on this pill make me an addict or is he being ignorant and reading the Internet too much?”

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Scarr October 29, 2019

Klonopin (clonazepam): “Klonopin was great for my seizures until it wasn’t. I have seizures in my sleep. I started with 1.5 mgs. then went up to 4 mgs. I have been on Klonopin ,Clonazepam for 32 years! I noticed it stopped working but I had to take it or no sleep at all. I finally went to a specialist for sleep. I got off of it but too fast 4 weeks went thru withdrawals went back on. Was getting used to Gabapentin. I decided to trick my body into not missing it. I taper down but I take 5-7 weeks in between dropping the dose. It has taken me 6 months to get below the halfway mark but a made a mistake this drop and 6 weeks later still feeling it. I only took 35 days....and I now know I should have lowered the amount I am dropping. I was dropping .5. Klonopin has a long half-life it takes about 3-4 days before the body registers it and about 2 - weeks to adjust depending on dosage and time. I might feel this for up to 2 years after last dose. I am hoping a slow taper will help lessen that.”

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Anonymous June 8, 2012

Klonopin (clonazepam): “Clonazepam is the only medicine that will take away a seizure or cluster of seizures within 15 minutes. I have tried a variety-a large variety of other medications but unfortunately none of them had worked. ”

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Tango · Taken for 5 to 10 years October 24, 2019

“I was prescribed the 0.5 mg Clonazepam disintegrating tablets as my rescue med on an as needed basis after I had a grand mal on a plane about 6 years ago. It has given me freedom as I carry it everywhere and have it is by my bed and in my bathroom in case I have an aura - I usually have time to grab this medicine and it will help me relax and stop a seizure before coming on. I use it about 5 times a year at this time - no addiction issues.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more December 19, 2016

Klonopin (clonazepam): “Suppresses all stress on my nerves I sleep all night without any interruptions. If you have to wake up early in the morning, take it early night hours. I've been seizure free for 8 years since I've been taking clobazepam”

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Vest04 · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 22, 2016

Klonopin (clonazepam): “This medicine made me confused, slur my words, exhausted. I was basically living in a fog for over five years. No amount of sleep helped, I needed to take a nap every day and would still be tired when I woke up. I had difficulty thinking, repeated sentences, had anxiety attacks. This medication is only suppose to be given for a maximum of 2 weeks. It's highly addictive and the user develops a high tolerance. Long-term usage can result in brain damage and benzos are the most overly prescribed drug in the world. Withdrawal was horrible, but worth it! I got my life back after getting off of it and I don't have anxiety or seizures, changed my lifestyle, diet and exercise.”

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Spirit7 · Taken for 10 years or more August 31, 2015

Klonopin (clonazepam): “I was prescribed clonazepam by a VA psychiatrist because I was having jitteriness from an anti-depressant (Paxcil). He prescribed 2/mg/day. I had been having seizures - later diagnosed as psychogenic non epileptic seizures - for several years, and while taking clonazepam the seizure frequency was reduced, and almost completely stopped. All the regular epilepsy medications tried had NO effect, only clonazepam has been effective in reducing or stopping my seizures. Paxcil, strangely, made me increasingly violent until I stopped it.”

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Sleeping again April 11, 2008

Klonopin (clonazepam): “I had a problem with biting my tonuge while asleep. Dr. said it was some type of seizure. I've been taking Klonopin for 15yrs and only had to increase the dosage from 0.5mg to 1.5mg over this period. I take it at night and have no side effects that I can tell. Hope it keeps working as it does now.”

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Lylaalexander February 19, 2016

“It is the only thing that has helped my seizure disorder. All other drugs seem to make it worse, or mentally drive me crazy. I've been taking clonazepam for about a year now...only a half of a 0.5mg dose. I haven't had to up it. I believe it's because I try to only take it as needed, and usually only once per day. Depending on how I'm feeling, I will go a day or two without it. I think this is why my tolerance hasn't gone up. Highly recommend if you are suffering, being a little tired here and there is worth it compared to all of the nasty side effects the other drugs bring. Even though my doctor tried to argue me on this, and said I should only be on keppra, I stand by what I am feeling first and foremost. Highly recommended”

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Alice Marcus January 12, 2017

“Would not recommend for those with only generalized anxiety. To me, this pill calms the synapses in the brain in order to control seizures...as it does for me. It will not have the same effect on people who do not have overactive, sharp brain waves which cause epilepsy, period. However, if taken to calm the synapses, I see no harm in taking this medicine. I've been taking it for over 2 years now for my seizure control, and haven't had to up my dose from 0.5 mg once daily. It makes me feel normal, calm, safe, and unparanoid. Taken in moderation, and for reason that requires care brain wave wise, this can really help you...as it has me. People with epilepsy are wired differently than those of only anxiety or insomnia. We need to remember that”

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KatherineTate September 21, 2016

“As soon as I feel any sort of seizure coming on, I need only take a half to a full 0.5 mg dosage. Within 20 minutes, I feel a sense of calmness overcome me...and all of the strange sensations disappearing. For me, I'll get an intense tingling all over my body, my thoughts become rapid, my hands jittery, and heart pounding (as my warning signs.) Clonazepam has the ability to literally take that away..at least for me. It does make you a bit tired, and at times forgetful. But is it not more worth it to be seizure free, and have some sense of security that you will be alright? I've been taking it for two years now, and although I am not a fan of taking medication, period...this is my one exception. I feel much safer knowing I have it on me.”

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ZoieGirl · Taken for 10 years or more June 4, 2019

“I was prescribed this medication about 25 years ago, 1 mg, once a day for anxiety and depression, as I was going through talk therapy. It was like a miracle medication, to me. It got me through the 2 years of therapy and changed my life for the better. I was severely depressed and when I first started my talk therapy sessions, all I could do was cry, this medication helped me to realize that I didn't need to think so negativity about myself and my life. It took away my anxiety and helped me when I would have panic attacks, which was rare but did have a few. I would say it has really helped me a lot for the best and to help me realize I am a human being who can be loved and cared about and deserves to live a happy life as everyone else.”

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Animegirl March 29, 2014

“I started this pill last Saturday and it is so helpful. It has helped my seizures and literally stopped them in one day. It is so nice and it makes me happier; I had gotten off Keppra and within a week it seems like I'm back to my old self maybe even better. Try this medication.”

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jan July 15, 2019

“Hi. I suffered for several years with what doctors called RLS (restless leg syndrome). None of the traditional RLS meds worked for me and my symptoms only worsened. Finally, I ditched my old doctor and went to a new doctor. I explained what was happening to me in detail and she quickly said "that's not RLS, those are myoclonic seizures" related to a right temporal lobe brain tumor I had several years ago". She called a neurologist and he said to try me on clonazepam or valproic acid. I started on Clonazepam and it was like a miracle. I haven't had any more myoclonic seizures since starting on clonazepam 1 mg daily.”

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Headintheclouds · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 5, 2020

“I have been suffering from uncontrollable hypnotic jerks at the point of falling asleep, triggered by the use of antibiotics. The first time this happened in 2012, I went through a few inappropriate psychoactive drugs before hitting on clonazepam - which worked straight away. I started at closed to 2mg, and used it for 3 years before coming off it completely. A month ago my GP gave me a different class of antibiotics for tonsillitis, and the same thing happened, to my dismay. I used my leftover clonazepam to stop the sleep jerks, which is a kind of seizure. This time round I started at 0.5mg and over a week had to increase to 1mg. It’s just about working.... but I may have to increase to 1.5mg. I take it once a day half an hour before bed time. It’s not a drug doctors like to prescribe but for me, what works, WORKS. And, with time, planning and determination, you can slowly come off it.”

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Elenor Rigby · Taken for 10 years or more February 18, 2017

“Been taking clonazepam for more than 20 years for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Have always taken 2.5mg /day. Haven't had any seizures since I started taking it. Sometimes I worry about long term effects of taking benzodiazepines but don't want to risk recurrence after all this time.”

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