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Clonazepam(Klonopin)


Uses

 

Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine and acts by mimicking the effects of the natural neurotransmitter called GABA which results in effects such as relaxation and decreased activity of the nervous system. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and seizures disorders.

 

 

How to Use

 

Take this medication by mouth.

 

Clonazepam wafers are placed on the tongue and allowed to dissolve. Clonazepam wafers do not have to be taken with water, but they can be taken with water.

 

If this medication upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk to decrease this effect.

 

It is important to take this medication exactly as directed. Do not take it more often than prescribed.

 

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is already almost time for your next dose, take only that next dose. Do not double up on any dose. Disregard this instruction for “as needed” dosing.

 

 

Important Information

 

Do not stop taking this medication suddenly after taking it for a period of time. It is important to gradually decrease the dose to avoid withdrawal effects. This medication can effect your body for several days following the discontinuation of use.

 

If you are prone to getting seizures, this medication may increase your chance of having seizures upon discontinuation. Inform your doctor of your seizure condition.

 

Do not operate heavy machinery, drive a car, or engage in other activity that requires fine motor skills until you are sure of how this medication affects you.

 

Avoid alcohol consumption, alcohol can increase chance of dizziness or drowsiness.

 

Stand and sit slowly when first starting this medication to avoid dizziness.

 

Consult with your doctor before taking medication to self treat coughs and colds while taking this medication.

 

Monitor yourself for mood changes or development of depression or suicidal thoughts while taking this medication. Report effects like these to your healthcare provider right away.

 

Women who become pregnant can enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry by calling 1 888 233 2334. This agency collects information regarding the use of this medication during pregnancy.

 

 

Be sure that your prescribing doctor is aware if you have any of the the following conditions before taking this medication

 

Alcohol or drug use history, bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, suicidal ideation, glaucoma, kidney disease, liver disease, lung conditions, myasthenia's gravis, Parkinson’s Disease, porphyria, history or allergic reactions, pregnancy or breastfeeding.

 

 

Side effects that should be immediately reported to your healthcare provider

 

Allergic reaction(hives, itching, swelling of the face or mouth), trouble breathing, confusion, depression, vision changes, hallucinations, mood changes, aggression or excitability, staggering or any movement changes including jerking movements and eye movements, tremors.

 

 

Other Side Effects

 

Headache, constipation, sleep changes, increased salivation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, dizziness.

 

 

Adult Dose

 

Panic Disorder

 

0.25 mg by mouth twice daily for 3 days, then increased to 1mg daily. The dose may be increased over 3 days by 0.125-0.25 mg to up to 4 mg.

 

 

Seizures

 

0.5 mg by mouth three times per day for a starting dose. The dose may be increased by 0.5 to 1mg by mouth every 3 days to a maximum of 20mg(divided into 3 doses throughout the day).

 

 

Uses

 

Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine used to treat conditions such as anxiety, seizures, and social phobia. Clonazepam acts on the central nervous system in different regions of the brain and can produce effects such as relaxation and sedation. It increases the effects of a substance called GABA within your body to produce these effects.

 

 

Sources

 

1. Clonazepam oral disintegrating tablets, clonazepam oral disintegrating tablets[package insert]. Pomona, NY: Barr Laboratories Inc (per DailyMed); 2012.

 

2. Clonazepam oral tablets, clonazepam oral tablets[insert package]. Princeton, NJ: Sandoz Inc. (per DailyMed); 2013.


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