Clobazam is primarily prescribed for treating severe anxiety and epilepsy (seizures). It is assumed to work by suppressing the excessive and abnormal activity of the brain nerve cells.
Clobazam is generally prescribed in combination with another drug. It essentially treats a particular kind of seizure disorder called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). It can also be prescribed in the treatment of other problems as per the discretion of your doctor.
The drug is a part of a class of medicines called benzodiazepine. Although how Clobazam particularly works is yet unknown, the general idea is that it controls the action of gamma-aminobutyric, which is a chemical released by the brain.
The drug should be taken orally, either with food or without. It has to be swallowed whole. In case you cannot consume Clobazam whole, mix it with apple sauce and swallow immediately. You can drink a water to wash down the mixture. Any extra mixture should not be stored.
In case of a missed dosage, take the drug as soon as possible. If it is time for your next dose, it is best to skip the missed dose and go back to your normal dose schedule. The drug does cause a few side effects such as dizziness and allergies. But if any of the following side effects become very severe be sure to get in touch with a doctor. They are-
- allergic reaction, which may include hives, itching or problems with breathing
- changes in appetite and vision
- hallucinations and confusion along with mood swings
- cough and itchy throat
- problems with speech
- bruising and bleeding
It is important to take certain safety measures when taking Clobazam. For example, driving should be avoided as one of the side effects of the drug includes dizziness. Alcohol consumption when taking this drug can lead to drowsiness and aggravate other side effects too. Clobazam should not be stopped suddenly. This can lead to seizures or adverse mental side effects.
How long is the duration of effect?The effect of this medicine can be observed for an average duration of 3 to 4 days.
What is the onset of action?The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 0.5 to 4 hours.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
Is it habit forming?Habit forming tendency has been reported
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.
Is It safe with alcohol?Consumption of alcohol must be avoided while taking this medicine as it may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?This drug might affect the consciousness of the patient thus driving must be avoided while taking this medicine.
Does this affect kidney function?Caution must be taken while using this medicine in patients with kidney disease. Adjustment of dose might be needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking it.
Does this affect liver function?Caution must be taken while using this medicine in patients with liver disease. Adjustment of dose might be needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking it.
Missed Dose instructionsIf you miss a dose of Clobazam, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructionsSeek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Clobazam as ingredient
Clobazam belongs to the class benzodiazepines. It works by increasing the effect of GABA which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter which results by increasing the permeability of chloride ions into the neuron thus result in hyperpolarization and stabilization of neuron.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Alcohol
Interaction with Lab Test
Interaction with Medicine
AmitriptylineClobazam may increase the concentration of amitriptyline. Inform the doctor if you are receiving these medicines. Suitable dose adjustments are to be made based on the clinical condition or an alternate medicine should be considered.
Ethinyl EstradiolThe desired effect of contraceptive pills will not be achieved if these medicines are used together. A nonhormonal form of contraceptive is recommended during and 28 days after Clobazam. Appropriate dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered under the doctor's supervision.
OpoidsOpioids like morphine, codeine, tramadol, hydrocodone or any cough preparations containing these medicines should be avoided when you are on Clobazam or other benzodiazepines. Appropriate dose adjustments are to be made if coadministration is needed and monitoring of sedation, breathlessness, and hypotension is necessary.
AntihypertensivesClobazam may further lower the blood pressure when taken with antihypertensives. Inform the doctor if you are receiving these medicines. Any symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness should be reported to the doctor. Dose adjustments are to be made based on the clinical condition or an alternate medicine should be considered.
Interaction with Disease
DepressionClobazam should be used with caution in the patients with the history of depression or a family history of depression. The prescription size should be limited. Any symptoms of mood changes should be reported to the doctor immediately.
Interaction with Food
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