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Clonazepam - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Mar 16, 2011
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Information about Clonazepam

Generic Name : Clonazepam
Pronunciation : kloe na' ze pam
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, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y46.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anticonvulsants
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Clonazepam

India : 

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International : 

Klonopin
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Why is Clonazepam 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.
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When should Clonazepam not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with increased eye pressure, liver disease and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Clonazepam?

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 should Clonazepam be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth as directed by your physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Clonazepam?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Clonazepam?

   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.

What are the other precautions for Clonazepam?

Avoid alcohol consumption.
Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Clonazepam?

Store it at room temperature and away from light.
Learn more about Clonazepam's interaction with Alcohol



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tweety2012, United States

Is it possible to do breast feeding after taking this medicine?

If yes, then after how many hours of taking this medicine?

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