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Clonazepam

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: KlonoPIN®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Clonazepam®;Clonapam;CO Clonazepam;Dom-Clonazepam;Mylan-Clonazepam;Novo-Clonazepam;Nu-Clonazepam;PHL-Clonazepam;PMS-Clonazepam;PRO-Clonazepam;ratio-Clonazepam;Riva-Clonazepam;Rivotril®;Sandoz-Clonazepam;ZYM-Clonazepam

    Uses
    • It is used to stop or control seizures.
    • It is used to treat intense manic flare-ups.
    • It is used to treat anxiety.
    • It is used to treat multifacial tic problems.
    • It is used to treat painful nerve diseases.
    • It is used to treat panic attacks.
    • It is used to treat Parkinson's disease.
    • It is used to treat restless leg syndrome.
    • It is used to treat schizophrenia.
    • Clonazepam calms the brain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Tablet can be crushed and mixed with food or liquid.
    • Oral-disintegrating tablet:
    • Do not push the tablet out of the foil when opening. Use dry hands to take it from the foil. Place on your tongue and let it melt. Water is not needed. Do not swallow it whole. Do not chew, break, or crush it.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Use oral-disintegrating tablet right after opening. Throw away any part of opened pouch that is not used.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to clonazepam or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Glaucoma or very bad liver disease.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • This drug may be habit-forming with long-term use.
    • If you have been taking this drug for more than 10 days, talk with your doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop this drug.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with your doctor. You may be more sensitive to this drug.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • Avoid beer, wine, mixed drinks, or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy while taking this drug.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. See a dentist often.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Change in balance.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Big change in balance.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • If seizures are worse or not the same after starting this drug.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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