Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time. Lactose is one of the ingredients in this medication. This helps to minimize drowsiness and other side effects. A Review of the Literature". Restless legs syndrome can be treated using clonazepam as a third-line treatment option as the use of clonazepam is still investigational. Alcohol can increase the drowsiness effects and should be avoided.
Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication. Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should take this medication. People taking this medication should not consume alcohol since doing so can reduce the effectiveness of this medication and increase the risk of side effects.
Clonazepam can suppress breathing. This effect on breathing may be more pronounced for people with breathing problems, brain damage, or who are taking other medications that suppress breathing e. If you have severe breathing problems, discuss the risks and benefits of taking this medication your doctor. If you have a medical condition that affects coordination e. Physical dependence a need to take regular doses to prevent physical symptoms has been associated with benzodiazepines such as clonazepam.
Severe withdrawal symptoms may occur if the dose is significantly reduced or suddenly stopped. These symptoms include seizures, irritability, nervousness, sleep problems, agitation, tremors, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, memory impairment, headache, muscle pain, extreme anxiety, tension, restlessness, and confusion. Reducing the dose gradually under medical supervision can help prevent or decrease these withdrawal symptoms. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor.
Clonazepam, like other benzodiazepines, has been known to cause mood swings and symptoms of depression. If you have depression or a history of depression, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed. If you experience symptoms of depression such as poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, decreased interest in activities, or notice them in a family member who is taking this medication contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Clonazepam is not recommended for use by people with depression or psychosis or who have attempted suicide. Because clonazepam causes drowsiness and sedation, avoid activities requiring mental alertness, judgment, and physical coordination such as driving or operating machinery while taking it. This is particularly true when first taking the medication and until you have established how clonazepam affects you. Alcohol can increase the drowsiness effects and should be avoided. Lactose is one of the ingredients in this medication.
If you have a hereditary condition that makes you intolerant to lactose, discuss other alternatives with your doctor. People with severe liver problems should not take this medication. This medication may impair recent memory. If you experience this while taking this medication, contact your doctor. If you have porphyria, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
For some people taking this medication, seizures may worsen or a new type of seizure can occur. If you experience seizures while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately. Taking clonazepam during pregnancy can increase the risk of certain birth defects. This medication should only be used during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately. Do not stop taking this medication suddenly in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Discuss the options with your doctor and follow their instructions closely. This medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking clonazepam, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding. If long-term use of clonazepam is being considered for a child, discuss with your child's doctor the benefits and the risks of that clonazepam may have on physical and mental development.
Seniors may be at increased risk for the sedative and impaired coordination effects of this medication. This can increase the risk of falls and fractures. Seniors may require lower doses of this medication. If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:. An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them.
Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed. Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter non-prescription , and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications; you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
All material copyright MediResource Inc. When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well. Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. If you have several different types of seizure disorders, you may experience a worsening of seizures when you first start using clonazepam.
Consult your doctor right away if this happens. Your doctor may need to add or adjust the dose of your other medications to control the seizures. What conditions does Clonazepam treat? Drowsiness, dizziness , tiredness, loss of coordination, or increased saliva production may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction , including: This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to Health Canada at List Clonazepam side effects by likelihood and severity. Before taking clonazepam , tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other benzodiazepines such as diazepam , lorazepam ; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication , tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use including prescription drugs , nonprescription drugs, and herbal products. Therefore, discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with clonazepam with your doctor. Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially drowsiness and confusion.
These side effects can increase the risk of falling. During pregnancy , this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby. However, since untreated seizures are a serious condition that can harm both a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy.
This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast -feeding. What should I know regarding pregnancy, nursing and administering Clonazepam to children or the elderly? Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as opioid pain or cough relievers such as codeine, hydrocodone , alcohol, marijuana , drugs for sleep or anxiety such as alprazolam , lorazepam , zolpidem , muscle relaxants such as carisoprodol , cyclobenzaprine , or antihistamines such as cetirizine , diphenhydramine. Check the labels on all your medicines such as allergy or cough -and-cold products because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness.
Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely. Does Clonazepam interact with other medications? Should I avoid certain foods while taking Clonazepam? If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing , call Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.