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Drug Information For:
CLONAZEPAM 0.5MG TABLETS
Ingredient Name:CLONAZEPAM (kloe-NA-ze-pam)
Common Uses:This medicine is a benzodiazepine used to treat seizures and panic disorder. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Before Using This Medicine:Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking sodium oxybate (GHB). ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking an antifungal (eg, fluconazole), cimetidine, disulfiram, hormonal contraceptives (eg, birth control pills), methadone, nefazodone, omeprazole, paroxetine, rifampin, St. John's wort, tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline),or valproic acid. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including myasthenia gravis; angle-closure glaucoma; kidney or liver problems; the blood disorder porphyria; chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, or other breathing problems; allergies; pregnancy; or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you have a history of mental or mood problems (eg, depression, suicidal thoughts or attempts), a history of alcohol or substance abuse or dependence, or if you consume more than 3 alcohol-containing drinks per day. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have a severe mental disorder, acute angle glaucoma, or severe liver disease. This medicine should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old with panic disorder; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about taking this medicine.
How to Use This Medicine:Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. TAKE THIS MEDICINE EVERY DAY at evenly spaced intervals. THIS MEDICINE MAY BE TAKEN WITH FOOD if it upsets your stomach. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Cautions:DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it , are allergic to any ingredient in this product, or to another benzodiazepine (eg, diazepam). IF TAKING THIS MEDICINE TO PREVENT SEIZURES, continue taking this medicine on a regular schedule. Do not stop taking this medicine without first checking with your doctor. Notify your doctor if seizure control worsens. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE or take this medicine for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Exceeding the recommended dose or taking this medicine for longer than prescribed may be habit-forming. Laboratory and/or medical tests, including liver function, complete blood cell counts, and electrocardiograms, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. This medicine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, lightheadedness, or difficulty with coordination. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE YOU TO LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS if you have a history of seizures. Use this medicine with caution. Do not perform tasks that could be unsafe for you or others if you should lose consciousness (eg, driving, swimming, running heavy machinery). DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL OR USE MEDICINES THAT MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using this medicine; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness. PATIENTS WHO TAKE THIS MEDICINE MAY BE AT INCREASED RISK FOR SUICIDAL THOUGHTS OR ACTIONS. The risk may be greater in patients who have had suicidal thoughts or actions in the past. Watch patients who take this medicine closely. Contact the doctor at once if new, worsened, or sudden symptoms such as depressed mood; anxious, restless, or irritable behavior; panic attacks; or any unusual change in mood or behavior occur. Contact the doctor right away if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine, especially confusion and drowsiness. FOR WOMEN: This medicine may cause harm to the fetus. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. If you are or may be pregnant, check with your doctor for instructions on using this medicine during pregnancy. THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. Do notbreast-feed while taking this medicine.
Possible Side Effects:SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while you are taking this medicine include clumsiness or unsteadiness; constipation; cough; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; increased saliva production; lightheadedness; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; runny nose; or tiredness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience behavior changes; blurred vision or other vision changes; change in the amount of urine produced; changes in sexual function; confusion; dark urine; excessive hair growth or loss; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; irregular heartbeat; memory loss or other memory problems; muscle aches or weakness; new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, agitation, aggression, anxiety, depression, hostility, irritability); new or worsening seizures; painful menstrual periods; painful urination; pale stools; severe drowsiness; severe or persistent tiredness or weakness; shortness of breath; slow or shallow breathing; slurred speech or other speech problems; suicidal thoughts or actions; tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; or yellowing of the skin or eyes. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Overdose:If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion, slow reflexes, clumsiness, deep sleep, and loss of consciousness.
Additional Information:Carry an identification card at all times that says you taking this medicine if it is used for seizures. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and pets.
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