ATC categoryNeurology. Psychiatry
The active ingredient of drug Clonazepam is clonazepam. Clonazepam belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines.
It is used to treat epilepsy in infants, older children and in adults.
It lowers the number of fits (seizures) that you have.
Any fits that you do have will be less serious.
Do not take Clonazepam if you are allergic to:
Do not take this medicine if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Clonazepam.
Do not take this medicine if:
A small number of people being treated with epilepsy medicines such as Clonazepam have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If at any time you have these thoughts, contact your doctor immediately.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if:
If any of the above apply to you (or you are not sure), talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Clonazepam.
Other medicines and Clonazepam
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because clonazepam can affect the way some other medicines work. Also some other medicines can affect the way clonazepam works.
In particular tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
If you are going to have an anaesthetic for an operation or for dental treatment, it is important to tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Clonazepam.
Clonazepam with alcohol
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Clonazepam. This is because it may cause side effects or cause your fits to return.
It is not recommended to take Clonazepam, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, except the cases, when your doctor prescribed you that.
Clonazepam may affect your baby.
Driving and using machines
Talk to your doctor about driving or using machines or tools while you are taking Clonazepam. This is because the medicine can slow down your reactions, particularly when you start taking it. If you are in any doubt about whether you can do a particular activity, talk to your doctor.
This medicine can affect your ability to drive.
When taking this medicine there is a risk of dependence which increases with the dose and duration of treatment and also in patients with a history of alcohol and/or drug abuse.
Important information about ingredients
Clonazepam talbets contain lactose.
If you were warned that you have intolerance to some sugars, consult with your doctor before taking clonazepam.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults and children over 12 years
Children under 1 year
Children aged 1-5 years
Children aged 5-12 years
If you take more Clonazepam than you should
If you forget to take Clonazepam
If you stop taking Clonazepam
If you receive long term treatment with Clonazepam (are given the medicine for a long time) you may become dependent upon this medicine and get withdrawal symptoms.
If someone else has taken Clonazepam by mistake they should consult a doctor or to the nearest hospital immediately.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The side effects below may sometimes happen.
Important side effects to look out for
See a doctor straight away if you notice any of the following serious side effects – you may need urgent medical treatment:
Effects on the heart
If you notice any of the following effects, see a doctor straight away.
The signs may include:
Effects on behaviour
If you notice any of the following effects, talk to your doctor as they may want you to stop taking Clonazepam. The signs may include:
Children and infants
Other possible side effects
When you start taking Clonazepam you may notice the following effects:
If you notice any of these effects, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to help you by giving you a lower dose of Clonazepam and then increasing it slowly.
The following may occur at any time during your treatment:
Mind and nervous system
Liver, kidney and blood
Your doctor may want to give you blood tests from time to time.
Stomach and gut
Skin and hair
Using benzodiazepines like Clonazepam may make you dependent on the medicine. This means that if you stop treatment quickly, or reduce the dose too quickly, you may get withdrawal symptoms. The most common symptoms can include:
Less common withdrawal symptoms can include:
Patients taking benzodiazepine medicines are at risk of falling and breaking bones. This risk is increased in the elderly and those taking other sedatives (including alcohol).
What Clonazepam Tablets contain
One tablet contains:
active substance – clonazepam 2 mg;
other ingredients – microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, maize (corn) starch, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, magnesium stearate, talc purified.
White scored cylindrical tablets, the end surface of which are flat.
1 blister packet with 24 tablets with leaflet in the cardboard box.