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Clonazepam MedlinePlus Drug Information


4/20/2016
03:41 | Brandon Babcock
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Clonazepam MedlinePlus Drug Information

It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies. It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital.

AHFS Patient Medication Information., 2016. Duplication for commercial use must be authorized by ASHP. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc., 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland.

Clonazepam may help control your condition, but will not cure it. Do not stop taking clonazepam without talking to your doctor, even if you experience side effects such as unusual changes in behavior or mood, If you suddenly stop taking clonazepam, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as new or worsening seizures, hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist), changes in behavior, sweating, uncontrollable shaking of a part of your body, stomach or muscle cramps, anxiety, or difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. It may take a few weeks or longer before you feel the full benefit of clonazepam. Continue to take clonazepam even if you feel well. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually.

Immediay take out the tablet and place it in your mouth. The tablet will quickly dissolve and can be swallowed with or without liquid. Do not try to push the orally disintegrating tablet through the foil. Instead, use dry hands to peel back the foil packaging.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Clonazepam is a controlled substance. Prescriptions may be refilled only a limited number of times; ask your pharmacist if you have any questions.

Take clonazepam exactly as directed. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer period of time or in a different way than prescribed by your doctor. Clonazepam can be habit-forming. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of clonazepam and gradually increase your dose, not more often than once every 3 days.

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.

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Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition. Clonazepam is also used to treat symptoms of akathisia (restlessness and a need for constant movement) that may occur as a side effect of treatment with antipsychotic medications (medications for mental illness) and to treat acute catatonic reactions (state in which a person does not move or speak at all or moves or speaks abnormally).

Clonazepam is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. It is also used to relieve panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Clonazepam is used alone or in combination with other medications to control certain types of seizures. It works by decreasing abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication. Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Take clonazepam at around the same time(s) every day. It usually is taken one to three times a day with or without food. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Clonazepam comes as a tablet and an orally disintegrating tablet (tablet that dissolves quickly in the mouth) to take by mouth.

Talk to your doctor about eating grapefruit and drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.

Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to clonazepam. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online ( http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch ) or by phone.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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