What is Clonazepam
is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced to treat seizures and other types of anxiety disorders. Clonazepam is a type of anti-epileptic drug, is used to treat seizure disorders (including absence seizures or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome) in adults and children.
Before taking this medicine
You should not take clonazepam if you have:
- narrow-angle glaucoma;
- severe liver disease; or
- a history of allergic reaction to any benzodiazepine drug class.
To make sure clonazepam is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- kidney or liver disease;
- porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system);
- asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems;
- depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior;
- mental illness, psychosis, or addiction to drugs or alcohol; or
- if you use a narcotic (opioid) medication.
Uses of Clonazepam
Clonazepam works by calming your brain and nerves. And it belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines.
How to use Clonazepam
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 2 or 3 times daily.
Dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment. For children, the dose is also based on weight. Older adults usually start with a lower dose to decrease the risk of side effects. Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer time than directed.
Side effects of Clonazepam
Commonly reported side effects of clonazepam include: drowsiness.
Other side effects include: upper respiratory tract infection, ataxia, depression, and dizziness. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
Less common side effects
- Being forgetful
- bladder pain, joint pain
- bloody or cloudy urine
- change in speech
- diarrhea, loss of apetite
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- frequent urge to urinate