What is Klonopin?Klonopin is an antianxiety medication belonging to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Klonopin is used alone or with other drugs to treat seizure disorders. It is also used to treat panic disorders.
What is the most important information I should know about Klonopin?Physical and/or psychological dependence can occur with Klonopin.
Klonopin may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. If you experience signs and symptoms of depression, unusual changes in mood or behavior, or thoughts of suicide, contact your doctor immediately.
Withdrawal effects are possible if the medication is stopped suddenly after long-term use or after high-dose treatment. Do not stop taking Klonopin suddenly without first talking to your doctor. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.
When you start Klonopin, you may experience impaired judgment, thinking, or motor skills. You should not drive or operate dangerous machinery until you know how Klonopin will affect you. Consuming alcohol may worsen the side effects of Klonopin.
Klonopin may cause you to produce more saliva than normal.
Who should not take Klonopin?Do not use Klonopin if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to it or other benzodiazepines, if you have severe liver disease, or if you have an eye condition called acute narrow-angle glaucoma (high pressure in the eye).
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Klonopin?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Klonopin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver disease, different types of seizure disorders, are depressed or have suicidal thoughts, are on valproic acid or any other seizure medications, have a history of sensitivity to Klonopin or other benzodiazepines, have acute narrow-angle glaucoma, or have a history of substance abuse. In addition, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual starting dose is 0.25 milligrams (mg) taken twice daily. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed.
Adults: The usual starting dose is 1.5 mg per day divided into three doses. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed until seizures are controlled.
Children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child.
How should I take Klonopin?Take Klonopin exactly as prescribed. Take Klonopin with water and swallow the tablet whole.
What should I avoid while taking Klonopin?Klonopin may cause drowsiness and dizziness. Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Avoid using Klonopin with other drugs that may cause drowsiness or dizziness, as well as alcohol.
Klonopin can be habit-forming and can lose its effectiveness as you build a tolerance to it. You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using Klonopin suddenly. Do not stop taking Klonopin or change your dose without first talking to your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Klonopin?If Klonopin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Klonopin with the following: alcohol, antianxiety agents, carbamazepine, antidepressant medications in a class known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants, narcotics, nonbarbiturate hypnotics, oral antifungal agents, phenobarbital, phenytoin, propantheline, and thioxanthane.
What are the possible side effects of Klonopin?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: drowsiness, lack of coordination, depression, dizziness, fatigue, flu, inflamed sinuses or nasal passages, memory problems, menstrual problems, nervousness, sleepiness, upper respiratory tract infection, agitation, anxiety
Can I receive Klonopin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not take Klonopin if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor first.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Klonopin?If you miss a dose of Klonopin, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Klonopin?Store at room temperature.