Clonazepam is used to control seizures. It is also used to relieve anxiety.
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Clonazepam comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken three times a day and may be taken with or without food. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Clonazepam exactly as directed. Clonazepam can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or for a longer time than your doctor tells you to. Tolerance may develop with long-term or excessive use, making the drug less effective. This medication must be taken regularly to be effective. Do not skip doses even if you feel that you do not need them. Do not take Clonazepam for more than 4 months or stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor. Stopping the drug suddenly can worsen your condition and cause withdrawal symptoms (anxiousness, sleeplessness, and irritability). Your doctor probably will decrease your dose gradually.
Side effects are common and include: drowsiness dizziness tiredness weakness dry mouth diarrhea upset stomach changes in appetite Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: restlessness or excitement constipation difficulty urinating frequent urination blurred vision changes in sex drive or ability If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: seizures shuffling walk persistent, fine tremor or inability to sit still fever difficulty breathing or swallowing severe skin rash yellowing of the skin or eyes irregular heartbeat
In case of emergency/overdose In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911. What other information should I know? Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to Clonazepam. If you are taking Clonazepam to control seizures and have an increase in their frequency or severity, call your doctor. Your dose may need to be adjusted. If you use Clonazepam for seizures, carry identification (Medic Alert) stating that you have epilepsy and that you are taking Clonazepam. Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.