June 4, 2023

Clonazepam is used to prevent and control seizures. This medication is known as an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug. It is also used to treat panic attacks. Clonazepam works by calming your brain and nerves. It belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines.

Warnings clonazepam has a risk for abuse and addiction which can lead to overdose and death taking this medication with alcohol or other drugs that can cause drowsiness or breathing problems especially opioid medications such as codeine hydrocodone may cause very serious side effects including death to lower your risk your doctor should have you take the smallest

Dose of clonazepam that works and take it for the shortest possible time be sure you know how to take clonazepam and what other drugs you should avoid taking with it see also drug interactions section get medical help right away if any of these very serious side effects occur slow shallow breathing unusual lightheadedness severe drowsiness dizziness difficulty

Waking up suddenly stopping this medication may cause serious possibly fatal withdrawal especially if you have used it for a long time or in high doses to prevent withdrawal your doctor may lower your dose slowly tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have any withdrawal symptoms such as headaches trouble sleeping restlessness hallucinations confusion

Depression nausea or seizures withdrawal symptoms may sometimes last weeks to months uses clonazepam is used to prevent and control seizures this medication is known as an anticonvulsant or anti-epileptic drug it is also used to treat panic attacks clonazepam works by calming your brain and nerves it belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepine how to

Use clonazepam oral see also warning section read the medication guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking clonazepam and each time you get a refill if you have any questions ask your doctor or pharmacist take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor usually two or three times daily dosage is based on your medical condition age and

Response to treatment for children the dose is also based on weight older adults usually start with a lower dose to decrease the risk of side effects do not increase your dose take it more often or take it for a longer time than direct it take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it to help you remember take it at the same times each day do not

Stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped your dose may need to be gradually decreased when this medication is used for a long time it may not work as well talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well though it helps many people this medication may sometimes cause

Addiction this risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder such as overuse of or addiction to drugs slash alcohol take this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you have several different types of seizure disorders you may experience a worsening of seizures when you first

Start using clonazepam consult your doctor right away if this happens your doctor may need to add or adjust the dose of your other medications to control the seizures tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens side effects see also warning section drowsiness dizziness tiredness loss of coordination or increased saliva production may occur if any of

These effects persist or worsen tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects many people using this medication do not have serious side effects a small number of people who take anticonvulsants for any condition such as

Seizures bipolar disorder pain may experience depression suicidal thoughts attempts or other mental mood problems tell your doctor right away if you or your family caregiver notice any unusual sudden changes in your mood thoughts or behavior including confusion memory problems signs of depression suicidal thoughts attempts thoughts about harming yourself a very

Serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare however get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including rash itching swelling especially of the face slash tongue slash throat severe dizziness trouble breathing this is not a complete list of possible side effects if you notice other effects not listed above contact

Your doctor or pharmacist precautions before taking clonazepam tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or to other benzodiazepines such as diazepam lorazepam or if you have any other allergies this product may contain inactive ingredients which can cause allergic reactions or other problems talk to your pharmacist for more details before using this

Medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history especially of a certain type of eye problem narrow angle glaucoma a certain blood disorder porphyria liver disease kidney disease lung breathing problems mental mood problems such as depression thoughts of suicide personal or family history of a substance use disorder such as overuse of or addiction to

Drugs slash alcohol this drug may make you dizzy or drowsy alcohol or marijuana cannabis can make you more dizzy or drowsy do not drive use machinery or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely avoid alcoholic beverages talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana cannabis before having surgery tell your doctor or dentist about all the products

You use including prescription drugs non-prescription drugs and herbal products for children the long-term effects on physical and mental behavioral development are uncertain and may not be seen until after many years therefore discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with clonazepam with your doctor older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug

Especially drowsiness and confusion these side effects can increase the risk of falling during pregnancy this medication should be used only when clearly needed it may harm an unborn baby however since untreated seizures are a serious condition that can harm both a pregnant woman and her unborn baby do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor

If you are planning pregnancy become pregnant or think you may be pregnant immediately talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy this drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant consult your doctor before breastfeeding interactions see also warning section drug interactions

May change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects this document does not contain all possible drug interactions keep a list of all the products you use including prescription non-prescription drugs and herbal products and share it with your doctor and pharmacist do not start stop or change the dosage of any medicines without your

Doctor’s approval some products that may interact with this drug include auralistat sodium oxybate the risk of serious side effects such as slow shallow breathing severe drowsiness dizziness may be increased if this medication is taken with other products that may also cause drowsiness or breathing problems tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other

Products such as opioid pain or cough relievers such as codeine hydrocodone alcohol marijuana cannabis drugs for sleep or anxiety such as alprazolam lorazepam zolpidem muscle relaxants such as keroseprada cyclobenzaprine or antihistamines such as citrizine diphenhydramine check the labels on all your medicines such as allergy or cough and cold products because

They may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness ask your pharmacist about using those products safely overdose if someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing call 9-1-1 otherwise call a poison control center right away u.s residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1 canada residents can call a

Provincial poison control center symptoms of overdose may include severe drowsiness confusion loss of consciousness slowed decreased reflexes notes do not share this medication with others sharing it is against the law laboratory and or medical tests such as liver function tests complete blood count should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check

For side effects consult your doctor for more details missed dose if you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember if it is near the time of the next dose skip the mist dose take your next dose at the regular time do not double the dose to catch up storage store at room temperature away from light and moisture do not store in the bathroom keep all medications

Away from children and pets do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company

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