Clonazepam - Drug Information

Generic Name : Clonazepam | Pronunciation : kloe na' ze pam

J E 4

Latest prescription information about Clonazepam. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y46.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anticonvulsants
Advertisement
Advertisement
Trade Name(s): 
India :  More...

International : Klonopin

Why it is prescribed (Indications) : This medication is an anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant, prescribed for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, panic disorder and seizures. It decreases abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Contraindicated in patients with increased eye pressure, liver disease and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category :

A B C D X

Category D : There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.


Dosage & When it is to be taken : Seizure Disorders- Adults: The initial dose should not exceed 1.5 mg/day divided into three doses. It may be increased if needed.
Pediatric Patients: The initial dose should be between 0.01 and 0.03 mg/kg/day but not to exceed 0.05 mg/kg/day given in two or three divided doses.
Panic Disorder- Adults: The initial is 0.25 mg two times per day. It may be increased if needed.

How it should be taken : It comes as a tablet to take by mouth as directed by your physician.

Warnings and Precautions :  Caution should be exercised in patients with history of myasthenia gravis, kidney or liver problems, blood disorder, mental or mood problems, respiratory problem, alcohol abuse, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breast feeding.
It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness and blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
It may cause unconsciousness, avoid doing unsafe tasks.
Patient may develop with increased risk of suicidal thoughts, watch them carefully.
If condition worsens, consult with your doctor.
Monitor liver function, complete blood cell counts, and electrocardiograms regularly while taking this medication.

Side Effects :  Central Nervous System - Drowsiness, headache, fatigue, nervousness, lethargy, dizziness, nausea, hangover, anxiety, depression, weakness, confusion, blurred vision, abnormal dreams, and fainting.
Heart - Difficulty in breathing and palpitations.
Blood - Anemia, decreased white blood cells and platelets.
Gastrointestinal - Vomiting, diarrhea, dry mouth and abdominal discomfort.
Musculoskeletal - Muscle weakness and pain.
Skin - Hair loss and rash.
Genitourinary - Painful urination, urine retention and bed-wetting.
Eye - Excessive sweating and burning eyes.

Other Precautions :  Avoid alcohol consumption.
Avoid excess dosage.

Storage Conditions : Store it at room temperature and away from light.

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
I agree to the terms and conditions
tweety2012
Is it possible to do breast feeding after taking this medicine?

If yes, then after how many hours of taking this medicine?
tweety2012  Thursday, July 05, 2012

Ask an Expert

C
If you have a question about health related issues, you can now post it in our Ask An Expert section on our community website Medwonders.com and get answers from our panel of experts.

Most Popular on Medindia

P
M
s
Clonidine - Drug Information
S
Clomipramine - Drug Information