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MEDICATIONS




KLONOPIN (Clonazepam)



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Clonazepam (Klonopin) is an antiepileptic drug, or drug used to treat seizures. It is helpful for myoclonic, absence and other seizure disorders.

What side effects can be caused by Klonopin?



Like other drugs Klonopin may cause some unwanted side effects. Not everyone will experience these. Report any of these to your doctor if they become bothersome. (There is a risk of serious side effects, including death, with all medications that are used to treat seizures. However, this risk is exceedingly small.)

  1. The most common side effects of Klonopin are sedation and incoordination. These side effects usually go away as your body adjusts to the drug or the dose are adjusted.
  2. Behavioral problems including depression or hyperactivity may occur.
  3. Some patients experience drooling from an increase in saliva. This usually improves with adjustment of the medication dose.
Women who plan to have children should consult with the doctor about the possible effects on the fetus.

How should I take my medication?



Klonopin is usually taken 2 to 3 times each day. These doses should be spread out as far as possible during your waking hours. It is important that you not run out of medication. Always have at least a week supply of medication on hand. You or your pharmacist may call your doctor's office in order to obtain refills. Do not stop this medication without the advice of your doctor, doing so may result in an increase in seizures.

Can I take Klonopin with food or other medications?



Yes, Klonopin may be taken with meals and at the same time as other prescribed medications. It may cause excessive drowsiness if combined with other medications or drugs which also cause drowsiness (antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, pain medication).

What should I do if I miss a Dose?



Try to take the correct daily dose. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you have to double up, take that dose at bedtime. If you awaken in the morning and find you have missed the prior evening's dose, take your morning dose as soon as possible, and continue on your regular dosing schedule the rest of the day.

Why is my blood checked for Klonopin?



The blood sample is a way to measure the amount of Klonopin in your body. This information can be used to adjust your total Klonopin dose.

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