What is Clonazepam for:
This medication is an anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant, prescribed for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, panic disorder and seizures. It decreases abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
How does Clonazepam work:
Clonazepam calms the brain.
How should Clonazepam be used:
Seizure Disorders- Adults: The initial dose should not exceed 1.5 mgday divided into three doses. It may be increased if needed. Pediatric Patients: The initial dose should be between 0.01 and 0.03 mgkgday but not to exceed 0.05 mgkgday given in two or three divided doses. Panic Disorder- Adults: The initial is 0.25 mg two times per day. It may be increased if needed. It comes as a tablet to take by mouth as directed by your physician.
Common side effects of Clonazepam :
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
What do I do if I miss a 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.
What precautions should I take when taking Clonazepam :
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Clonazepam. Use an appropriate birth control method while being treated with Clonazepam. You may wish to discuss birth control options with your doctor. – Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Clonazepam. – Alert your doctor if you have an eye disease known as glaucoma, liver disease or myasthenia gravis.
When do I need to seek medical help
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.
Can I take Clonazepam with other medicines:
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here: – gastric medicine such as cimetidine – asthma medicine such as theophylline. – antifungals or antibiotics such as doxycycline, erythromycin, itraconazole – birth control pills – other epilepsy medicines. – sleeping pills. – heart or blood pressure medicines such as verapamil. – other medicines such as buprenorphine, disulfiram. Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Are there any food restrictions
How do I store Clonazepam :
Store it at room temperature and away from light.
Category D : There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Anticonvulsants, Anxiolytics, Hypnotics & Sedatives