Clonazepam is used to treat certain seizure disorders in adults and children.
General information
Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced. Clonazepam is also a seizure medicine, also called an anti-epileptic drug. Clonazepam is also used to treat panic disorder (including agoraphobia) in adults.
Take Clonazepam exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Clonazepam should be used for only a short time. Do not take this medication for longer than 9 weeks without your doctor's advice. Swallow the tablet whole, with a full glass of water. Do not stop using Clonazepam suddenly or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, including a seizure (convulsions).
Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine. Clonazepam may be habit-forming. Never share clonazepam with another person. Clonazepam is not approved to treat panic disorder in anyone younger than 18 years old. The sedative effects of clonazepam may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking clonazepam.
You should not use Clonazepam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma or severe liver disease. To make sure Clonazepam is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, glaucoma, porphyria, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior, a history of mental illness, psychosis, or addiction to drugs or alcohol or if you use a narcotic (opioid) medication.
Possible side effect
The most common side effects are feeling tired or depressed. drowsiness, dizziness, memory problems or problems with balance or coordination. Call your doctor at once if you have: severe drowsiness; new or worsening seizures; thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself; confusion, aggression, hallucinations; unusual changes in mood or behavior; weak or shallow breathing; pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or unusual or involuntary eye movements.
Drug interactions
Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Missed dose
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, fainting, or coma.
Store clonazepam at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
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