Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time. The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication.
Porphyria: If you have porphyria, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:. If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication.
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
If you experience seizures while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediay. Seizures: For some people taking this medication, seizures may worsen or a new type of seizure can occur.
People with severe liver problems should not take this medication. Liver function: If you have liver disease or decreased liver function, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome.
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.
If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking clonazepam, it may affect your baby. Breast-feeding: This medication passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
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Children: If long-term use of clonazepam is being considered for a child, discuss with your child's doctor the benefits and the risks of that clonazepam may have on physical and mental development.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Alcohol: People taking this medication should not consume alcohol since doing so can reduce the effectiveness of this medication and increase the risk of side effects.
Many medications can cause side effects. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses.
Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed. An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them.
Kidney function: If you have kidney disease or reduced kidney function, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Pregnancy: Taking clonazepam during pregnancy can increase the risk of certain birth defects. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediay. This medication should only be used during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks. Do not stop taking this medication suddenly in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Discuss the options with your doctor and follow their instructions closely.
Since caffeine, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications; you should let your prescriber know if you use them. Also l them about any supplements you take. l your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication.
If you experience symptoms of depression such as poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, decreased interest in activities, or notice them in a family member who is taking this medication contact your doctor as soon as possible. Depression: Clonazepam, like other benzodiazepines, has been known to cause mood swings and symptoms of depression. If you have depression or a history of depression, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
If you experience this while taking this medication, contact your doctor. Memory: This medication may impair recent memory.
There may be an interaction between clonazepam and any of the following:
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Coordination problems: If you have a medical condition that affects coordination (e.g., spinal or cerebellar ataxia, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
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Grapefruit juice: Avoid drinking grapefruit juice while you are taking this medication as it can increase the levels of clonazepam in your blood.
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This can increase the risk of falls and fractures. Seniors may require lower doses of this medication. Seniors: Seniors may be at increased risk for the sedative and impaired coordination effects of this medication.
Clonazepam is not recommended for use by people with depression or psychosis or who have attempted suicide.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Because clonazepam causes drowsiness and sedation, avoid activities requiring mental alertness, judgment, and physical coordination (such as driving or operating machinery) while taking it. This is particularly true when first taking the medication and until you have established how clonazepam affects you. Alcohol can increase the drowsiness effects and should be avoided.
Reducing the dose gradually under medical supervision can help prevent or decrease these withdrawal symptoms. Dependence and withdrawal: Physical dependence (a need to take regular doses to prevent physical symptoms) has been associated with benzodiazepines such as clonazepam. These symptoms include seizures, irritability, nervousness, sleep problems, agitation, tremors, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, memory impairment, headache, muscle pain, extreme anxiety, tension, restlessness, and confusion. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor. Severe withdrawal symptoms may occur if the dose is significantly reduced or suddenly stopped.
If you have severe breathing problems, discuss the risks and benefits of taking this medication your doctor. This effect on breathing may be more pronounced for people with breathing problems, brain damage, or who are taking other medications that suppress breathing (e.g., codeine, morphine). Breathing: Clonazepam can suppress breathing.
Lactose intolerance: Lactose is one of the ingredients in this medication. If you have a hereditary condition that makes you intolerant to lactose, discuss other alternatives with your doctor.
These factors may affect how you should take this medication. Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health.