Klonopin

Generic Name: Clonazepam

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Klonopin is a medicine used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat certain types of seizures. Klonopin is also used to treat panic disorder. Klonopin is available as a regular tablet or as an orally disintegrating tablet (wafer).

    Klonopin is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Klonopin works by slowing down your brain activity, thereby producing a calming effect.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Klonopin has been shown to reduce the number of panic attacks you experience.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Klonopin exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    Your healthcare provider may ask you a series of questions from time to time, which will help assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: drowsiness, problems with walking and coordination, dizziness, depression, tiredness, problems with memory.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Mental and physical dependence can occur. Keep Klonopin in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.

    Increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior, with symptoms such as thoughts about suicide or dying; attempt to commit suicide; new or worse depression, anxiety, or irritability; feeling agitated or restless; panic attacks; trouble sleeping; acting aggressive, being angry, or violent; acting on dangerous impulses; extreme increase in activity and talking; or other unusual changes in behavior or mood.

    Klonopin can harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about other treatment options if you plan to become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Klonopin.

    Seizures can occur if you suddenly stop taking Klonopin or decrease your dose. Do not stop taking Klonopin or change the dose without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Increase in your saliva production.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Klonopin if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or other similar medicines.

    Do not take Klonopin if you have an eye condition called acute narrow-angle glaucoma (high pressure in the eye).

    Do not take Klonopin if you have liver problems.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Klonopin. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse or addiction; seizures; liver, kidney, or breathing problems; have a history of depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior; or 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 healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Seizures

    Adults: The starting dose is 0.5 milligrams (mg) three times a day.

    Children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child based on his/her weight.

    Panic Disorder

    Adults: The starting dose is 0.25 mg twice a day.

    Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    If you are elderly, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

    It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Klonopin exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Klonopin without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Swallow Klonopin tablets whole with water.

    Take Klonopin wafers with or without water. Open the pouch and peel back the foil on the blister pack. Do not push the wafer through the foil. With dry hands, place the wafer in your mouth. It will melt quickly.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Klonopin.

    Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how Klonopin affects you.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Klonopin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Klonopin may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Klonopin can harm your unborn baby if you take it during pregnancy. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Klonopin. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    If you become pregnant while taking Klonopin, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of seizure medicine during pregnancy.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Klonopin, take it as soon as you remember. 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 this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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