Consult your doctor before breast -feeding. Check for more interactions with the Drug Interaction Checker. Seizure Prevention diazepam , lamotrigine , Klonopin , topiramate , Lamictal , Valium , Topamax , acetazolamide , clorazepate , valproic acid , magnesium sulfate , Diamox , More The Effects of Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, the drug information contained herein may be time sensitive and should not be utilized as a reference resource beyond the date hereof. These side effects can increase the risk of falling.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Clonazepam is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada. For brands that may still be available, search under "clonazepam". This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using this medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options. Do not dispose of medications in wastewater e. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Do not use clonazepam if you: Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects. Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur: Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. 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.
Avoid drinking grapefruit juice while you are taking this medication as it can increase the levels of clonazepam in your blood. 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.
Symptoms of overdose may include: Do not share this medication with others. It is against the law. Consult your doctor for more details. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up. Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company. Information last revised September