Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced to treat seizures and certain types of anxiety disorders.
Clonazepam, a type of anti-epileptic drug, is used to treat certain seizure disorders (including absence seizures or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome) in adults and children.
Clonazepam is also used to treat panic disorder (including agoraphobia) in adults.
You should not use clonazepam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma or severe liver disease, or if you are allergic to diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan) or a similar medicine.
Also call your doctor if you have any new or worsening symptoms of depression, unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine. Clonazepam may also be habit-forming. Never share clonazepam with another person. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Also selling or giving away clonazepam is against the law.
You should not take clonazepam if you have:
To make sure clonazepam is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, fainting, or coma.
Avoid drinking alcohol. Dangerous side effects could occur. Avoid taking similar medications, such as lorazepam (Ativan) or diazepam (Valium) as well as narcotics.
Clonazepam may also impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls or other accidents.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to clonazepam: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
The sedative effects of clonazepam may also last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are also common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking clonazepam.
Common clonazepam side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may also report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.