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Review: could Clonazepam cause Palpitations (Heart palpitations)?





Summary: Palpitations is found among people who take Clonazepam, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Paxil, and have Depression.

We study 38,755 people who have side effects while taking Clonazepam from FDA and social media. Among them, 548 have Palpitations. Find out below who they are, when they have Palpitations and more.

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Clonazepam

Clonazepam has active ingredients of clonazepam. It is often used in stress and anxiety. (latest outcomes from Clonazepam 41,274 users)

Palpitations

Palpitations (feelings or sensations that your heart is pounding or racing) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, depression, osteoporosis, high blood cholesterol, pain.(latest reports from Palpitations 51,029 patients)

On Nov, 28, 2014: 38,737 people reported to have side effects when taking Clonazepam. Among them, 549 people (1.42%) have Palpitations.

Trend of Palpitations in Clonazepam reports

Time on Clonazepam when people have Palpitations * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Palpitations36.59%14.63%7.32%9.76%21.95%4.88%4.88%

Gender of people who have Palpitations when taking Clonazepam * :

FemaleMale
Palpitations77.55%22.45%

Age of people who have Palpitations when taking Clonazepam * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Palpitations0.00%0.60%0.60%6.37%16.73%24.50%26.29%24.90%

Severity of Palpitations when taking Clonazepam ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Palpitations9.09%72.73%18.18%0.00%

How people recovered from Palpitations ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Palpitations20.00%20.00%60.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (62 people, 11.29%)
  2. Anxiety (59 people, 10.75%)
  3. Pain (36 people, 6.56%)
  4. Insomnia (30 people, 5.46%)
  5. Hypertension (29 people, 5.28%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Paxil (67 people, 12.20%)
  2. Aspirin (61 people, 11.11%)
  3. Synthroid (50 people, 9.11%)
  4. Trazodone hcl (49 people, 8.93%)
  5. Ambien (47 people, 8.56%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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