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Klonopin

Generic Name: clonazepam
Brands: Klonopin, Klonopin Wafer


What is the most important information I should know about Klonopin?

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Klonopin will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

· Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking Klonopin. Alcohol may also increase the risk of having a seizure.

· Klonopin may be habit forming. Physical and/or psychological dependence can occur, and withdrawal effects are possible if the medication is stopped suddenly after prolonged or high-dose treatment. Do not stop taking Klonopin suddenly without first talking to your doctor if you have been taking it continuously for more than 5 to 7 days. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.

 

What is Klonopin?

· Klonopin is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Klonopin affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause seizures or symptoms of panic disorder.

· Klonopin is used to treat seizures and panic disorder.

· Klonopin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Klonopin?

· Do not take Klonopin if you have narrow-angle glaucoma. Klonopin may worsen this condition.

· Before taking this medication, talk to your doctor if you     ·have kidney disease;     ·have liver disease;     ·have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or another respiratory disease; or     ·are depressed or have suicidal thoughts.

· You may not be able to take Klonopin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

· Klonopin is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that it is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Klonopin without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

· Breast-feeding is not recommended during treatment with Klonopin. Do not take Klonopin without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

How should I take Klonopin?

 

· Take Klonopin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Take each regular oral tablet with a full glass of water. Swallow the tablet whole.

· The Klonopin orally-disintegrating tablets (Klonopin Wafers) can be taken without water. Using dry hands, peel back the foil on blister. Do not push tablet through the foil as this may damage the tablet. Immediately upon opening the blister, remove the tablet and place it on the tongue. The tablet must be taken immediately after opening the blister and not saved for later use. The tablet will disintegrate rapidly in the mouth and can be easily swallowed with or without liquid.

· It is important to take Klonopin regularly to get the most benefit.

· Your doctor may want you to have blood tests or other medical evaluations during treatment with Klonopin to monitor progress and side effects.

· Klonopin may be habit forming. Physical and/or psychological dependence can occur, and withdrawal effects are possible if the medication is stopped suddenly after prolonged or high-dose treatment. Do not stop taking Klonopin suddenly without first talking to your doctor if you have been taking it continuously for more than 5 to 7 days. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.

· Store Klonopin at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.

· Symptoms of a Klonopin overdose may include drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, a slow heart beat, difficulty breathing, difficulty walking and talking, an appearance of being drunk, and unconsciousness.

 

What should I avoid while taking Klonopin?

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Klonopin will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

· Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking Klonopin. Alcohol may also increase your risk of having a seizure.

· Klonopin may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness or dizziness, including antidepressants, alcohol, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), other seizure medicines, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, muscle relaxants, and antihistamines. Do not drink alcohol and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor while taking Klonopin.

 

What are the possible side effects of Klonopin?

· If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Klonopin and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:     ·an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives);     ·worsening seizures;     ·yellowing of the skin or eyes;     ·hallucinations or severe confusion; or     ·changes in vision.

· Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Klonopin and talk to your doctor if you experience     ·drowsiness, or dizziness;     ·increased salivation (watering of the mouth);     ·poor coordination;     ·nervousness;     ·depression; or     ·constipation.

· Klonopin may be habit forming. Physical and/or psychological dependence can occur, and withdrawal effects are possible if the medication is stopped suddenly after prolonged or high-dose treatment. Do not stop taking Klonopin suddenly without first talking to your doctor if you have been taking it continuously for more than 5 to 7 days. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.

· Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What other drugs will affect Klonopin?

· Klonopin may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness or dizziness, including alcohol, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), other seizure medicines, pain relievers, antidepressants, anxiety medicines, muscle relaxants, antihistamines, and others. Do not drink alcohol and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor while taking Klonopin.

· Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Klonopin. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has additional information about Klonopin written for health professionals that you may read.


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