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What is Clonazepam?
Clonazepam is a medicine used to control attacks and anxiety. It is part of the benzodiazepines class of medicines, which aim to modify certain substances in the brain that may cause seizures and control disorders. It is anticonvulsive, antiepileptic.
Clonazepam can also be used in case of Parkinson disease, schizophrenia, and pain. Ask the doctor or the pharmacist for more information.
Indications for dosage
Clonazepam is an oral medicine. It should be taken with water, with or without food. The usual dose is three times a day. Follow exactly your doctor’s prescription. Do not take it for a longer period of time than prescribed or do not exceed the prescribed dose. When doing that, you may develop a certain tolerance to Clonazepam, making the medicine less effective. Take it regularly, without skipping any pill. The Clonazepam treatment should not last more than 4 months and should not be interrupted without announcing the doctor. A sudden stop of the pills may cause severe symptoms and reactions.
Special precautions to be followed
Before you start taking Clonazepam tell your doctor about any medicines you may have taken in the past for: Parkinson’s disease, asthma, depression, pain, seizure, allergies, and muscular contractions; also if you are taking oral contraceptives, sedatives and sleeping pills, tranquilizers or vitamins. All these medicines can contribute to the sleepiness that Clonazepam already causes. If you had glaucoma, any kinds of attacks, liver, heart or lung problems, tell your doctor about them. Do the same for pregnancy, future pregnancy, breast-feeding or planned surgeries. Avoid driving or using any machinery, as this medication causes sleepiness. Stop
consuming alcohol and smoking while taking Clonazepam.
If you miss a dose
In case you forget one of the several pills you have to take per day, it is advisable that you should go on with the treatment as usual. Never try to replace the missed pill by taking two at once.
An overdose of Clonazepam may have the opposite effect, namely to increase the frequency or the severity of the seizures. You may also encounter symptoms such as dizziness, sleepiness, heart problems, confusion, walking and talking problems or unconsciousness. In both cases announce your doctor immediately; your dose may have to be adjusted.
Clonazepam may cause several side effects. In case you observe that you have certain eczemas, allergies, vision difficulties, mouth or throat pains or hallucinations, stop taking Clonazepam immediately and contact your doctor as soon as these symptoms appear. There are also common reactions: sleepiness, awkwardness, depression, diarrhea, digestive problems, urinating problems, headaches, behavioral changes or vivid illusions; in such cases talk to your doctor but continue taking Clonazepam. Other side effects may appear which should to be