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Clonazepam is a pharmacy drug classified as a benzodiazepine. It is a central nervous system depressant that works by slowing down the nervous system. Clonazepam is sometimes prescribed as a treatment for akinetic, myoclonic, and absence seizures as well as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, panic disorders and more. This medication may be the only medication prescribed or it may be prescribed alongside other medications; your doctor will decide which drug or drugs will potentially yield the best results for your treatment.

How to Use Clonazepam

Clonazepam is typically given in tablet or solution form. Tablets should be taken whole with a full glass of water. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have any questions about how to take your specific medication, or call your doctor.

Possible Side Effects

There are many possible common side effects with this medication. Check with your doctor for a complete list. Some of the most common are as follows:

  • Drowsiness
  • Ataxia
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

Monitor your condition and seek medical assistance if any side effects are increasing in intensity or are not going away.

Severe Side Effects:

Contact your doctor right away and get medical treatment immediately if you experience any of the following severe side effects:

  • Signs of Infection (fever, sore throat, etc.)
  • Bleeding or Bruising
  • Slow Breathing
  • Shallow Breathing


Serious Allergic Reaction Symptoms:

  • Rash
  • Swelling (tongue, throat, face)
  • Intense Itching
  • Severe Dizziness
  • Trouble Breathing

The above lists are just a fraction of the many side effects that are possible with the use of clonazepam so it is advisable for anyone who experiences any side effects that are concerning to seek medical treatment.


The use of clonazepam is contraindicated for the following:

  • Anyone with a History of Allergy or Sensitivity to Benzodiazepines
  • Acute Narrow Angle Glaucoma
  • Evidence of Liver Disease

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warning:

Pregnant women or women planning a pregnancy should not take clonazepam unless approved by their doctor.

Clonazepam should not be used by anyone who is breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed as it is documented that clonazepam excretes into human milk.

WARNING: Concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids could result in extreme sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and possibly death.

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