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Clonazepam

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Last Updated: September 28, 2019

Clonazepam is used to prevent as well as treat seizures. This medicine is referred to as an antiepileptic. Also known as anti-convulsant, Clonazepam helps to control panic attacks. The medication falls under a category of drugs known as benzodiazepines and works by calming the nerves and the brain.

Clonazepam, is an anticonvulsant and an antiepileptic works like a tranquilizer. It impedes synaptic transmission. The medicine reduces serotonin usage and is able to treat anxiety and seizures.

The dosage of Clonazepam will be prescribed by the doctor depending on your condition, how your response has been to the treatment so far and also your age. When it comes to children, age is a determining factor.

To avoid any kind of complications of side effects in the first place, a lower dosage is suggested for adults. The side effects of this medication vary from one patient to another and it is suggested that you consult with a neurologist before deciding to use this medication.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Neurologist before using this medicine.

This medication helps in treating the following problems:

A few side effects of clonazepam are provided below:

  • Depression

  • Sleepiness

  • Nervousness

  • Uncontrolled Body Movements

  • Reduced Intellectual Abilities

  • Allergy

  • Decreased Sexual Urge

  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

  • Blurred Vision

  • Muscle Pain

  • Itching Or Rash

  • Sore Throat

  • Decreased Interest In Sexual Intercourse

  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effects of Clonazepam lasts for about six to eight hours for adult patients and for twelve hours in children as well as infants.

  • What is the onset of action?

    The effects of clonazepam start to show up in about thirty to forty minutes.

  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Unless advised by your healthcare provider or deemed necessary by him/her usage of clonazepam is not recommended during pregnancy as it holds the potential to bring harm to the fetus.

  • Is it habit forming?

    In many patient cases it was found that as a result of prolonged usage certain habit-forming inclinations were found.

  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Clonazepam is not recommended for women who are lactating as the effects might pass on to the child via the milk. But it is always advised that you seek doctor’s permission before deciding to be on this medication therapy.

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    While taking Clonazepam consumption of alcohol is strictly not advised.

  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Engaging in activities that require high mental alertness is not recommended while on this medication as Clonazepam might cause side effects such as sleepiness, confusion, dizziness and muscle pains. Therefore, you should not drive while on this drug therapy.

  • Does this affect kidney function?

    If you are suffering from kidney-related disorders, it is suggested that you notify your doctor so that the dose is adjusted accordingly. It has been found that lowered kidney functioning leads to the build-up of Clonazepam within the body.

  • Does this affect liver function?

    Clonazepam should not be had when suffering from any kind of severe liver conditions.

  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    On missing a dose, it is recommended that you take the medication as soon as you remember it. However, if you are already in time for the next dose, then skip the earlier one.

  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    If you happen to overdose you are likely to experience symptoms such as confusion, drowsiness and fainting.

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This is an anti-convulsant and an anti-epileptic which acts as a tranquilizer. It inhibits the synaptic transmission that occurs in the central nervous system. The medicine also reduces the use of serotonin by neurons and is used to treat seizures and anxiety.

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 Disease

    Disease

    Patients suffering from Closed-Angle Glaucoma, Respiratory Disorders, Liver Disease and obesity should exercise caution.
  • Interaction with Alcohol

    Ethanol

    Consumption of alcohol should be avoided while you are taking Clonazepam. Activities which require high mental alertness should be avoided and symptoms like dizziness, difficulty in breathing should be reported to the doctor immediately.
  • Interaction with Food

    Food

    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Medicine

    Medicine

    The drug should not be used in combination with Atenolol and Codeine.
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Table of Content
About Clonazepam
What are the uses of Clonazepam
What are the contraindications of Clonazepam ?
What are the side effects of Clonazepam ?
Key highlights of Clonazepam
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Clonazepam approved?
Medicines containing Clonazepam
How does this medication work?
What are the interactions of Clonazepam ?