Category: clonazepam (Klonopin)

clonazepam (Klonopin)

What is clonazepam?

A benzodiazepine is clonazepam (Klonopin) (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen). Benzodiazepines are hypothesised to work by increasing the activity of particular neurotransmitters in the brain.

Clonazepam (Klonopin) is used to treat seizures in adults and children, particularly absence seizures and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Adults with panic disorder (including agoraphobia) are treated with clonazepam.

Warnings

Clonazepam can cause your breathing to slow or stop, especially if you’ve recently taken an opioid medicine, drank alcohol, or used other drugs that slow your breathing.

CLONAZEPAM MISUSE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, AND DEATH. Place the medication somewhere out of reach of others. Never give another person clonazepam. It is illegal to sell or give away this drug.

While taking clonazepam, some people suffer suicidal thoughts. If you notice any sudden changes in your mood or behaviour, or if you have suicidal thoughts, contact your doctor straight once.

If you stop taking clonazepam and have symptoms like strange muscular movements, becoming more energetic or talkative, sudden and severe changes in mood or behaviour, confusion, hallucinations, seizures, or suicidal thoughts, seek medical care right once.

Do not Stop taking clonazepam without consulting your doctor first. If you suddenly stop taking the medicine, you may experience life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Some withdrawal symptoms may last up to 12 months or longer.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take clonazepam if you allergic to it or if you have:

  • narrow-angle glaucoma;
  • severe liver disease; or
  • a history of allergic reaction to any benzodiazepine (including alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, Valium, Xanax, Versed, and others).

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • kidney or liver disease;
  • breathing problems;
  • depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior; or
  • porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).

Some people have thoughts about suicide while taking clonazepam. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your family or caregivers should also watch for sudden changes in your behavior.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you use clonazepam during pregnancy, your baby could be born with life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, and may need medical treatment for several weeks.

Do not start or stop seizure medication during pregnancy without your doctor’s advice. Clonazepam may harm an unborn baby, but having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both mother and baby. Preventing seizures may outweigh these risks. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

Ask a doctor if it is safe to breastfeed while using this medicine.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice. Clonazepam is not approved to treat panic disorder in anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I take clonazepam?

Take clonazepam exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if you feel an increased urge to use more of this medicine.

Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. MISUSE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.

Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.

You will need frequent medical tests.

Do not stop using clonazepam suddenly, even if you feel fine. Stopping suddenly may cause increased seizures or unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Follow your doctor’s instructions about tapering your dose.

Swallow the regular tablet whole, with a full glass of water.

Clonazepam doses are based on weight in children. Your child’s dose needs may change if the child gains or loses weight.

Remove an orally disintegrating tablet from the package only when you are ready to take the medicine. Place the tablet in your mouth and allow it to dissolve, without chewing. Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves.

Your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis.

Call your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your seizures or panic attacks.

Seizures are often treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor’s advice.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep track of your medicine. You should be aware if anyone is using it improperly or without a prescription.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time. clonazepam (Klonopin) clonazepam (Klonopin) clonazepam (Klonopin) clonazepam (Klonopin)

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