Facts about Klonopin side effects
Klonopin side effects :
a look at Purpose, Use and Impact
Klonopin (Benzodiazepines) belong to the group of medicines called central nervous system (CNS) depressants (medicines that
slow down the nervous system).
Some benzodiazepines are used to relieve anxiety. However, benzodiazepines should not be used to relieve nervousness or
tension caused by the stress of everyday life.
Some benzodiazepines are used to treat insomnia (trouble in sleeping). However, if used regularly (for example, every day)
for insomnia, they usually are not effective for more than a few weeks.
Many of the benzodiazepines are used in the treatment of other conditions, also. Diazepam is used to help relax muscles or
relieve muscle spasm. Diazepam injection is used before some medical procedures to relieve anxiety and to reduce memory of
the procedure. Chlordiazepoxide, clorazepate, diazepam, and oxazepam are used to treat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Alprazolam and clonazepam are used in the treatment of panic disorder. Clobazam, clonazepam, clorazepate, diazepam, and
lorazepam are used in the treatment of certain convulsive (seizure) disorders, such as epilepsy. The benzodiazepines may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Klonopin side effects and interactions
Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine does not cause unwanted Klonopin
side effects. If you are taking a benzodiazepine for convulsions (seizures), this is also important during the first few
months of treatment. Check with your doctor at regular visits to see if you need to continue taking this medicine.
If you are taking a benzodiazepine for epilepsy or another seizure disorder:
Your doctor may want you to carry a medical identification card or bracelet stating that you are taking this medicine.
If you are taking a benzodiazepine for insomnia (trouble in sleeping):
If you think you need this medicine for more than 7 to 10 days, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Insomnia that lasts
longer than this may be a sign of another medical problem. You may have difficulty sleeping (rebound insomnia) for the first
few nights after you stop taking this medicine. Benzodiazepines may be habit-forming (causing mental or physical dependence), especially when taken for a long time or in high doses. Some signs of dependence on benzodiazepines are: a strong desire or need to continue taking the medicine, a need to increase the dose to receive the effects of the medicine, withdrawal effects (for example, irritability, nervousness, trouble in sleeping, abdominal or stomach cramps, trembling or shaking) occurring
after the medicine is stopped.
If you think you may have become mentally or physically dependent on this medicine, check with your doctor. Do not stop
taking it suddenly. If you have been taking this medicine in large doses or for a long time, do not stop taking it without
first checking with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to reduce gradually the amount you are taking before stopping
completely. Stopping this medicine suddenly may cause withdrawal Klonopin side effects, including seizures. Stopping this
medicine suddenly is most likely to cause seizures if you have been taking it for epilepsy or another seizure disorder.
Klonopin side effects will add to those of alcohol and other central nervous system (CNS) depressants (medicines that slow
down the nervous system, possibly causing drowsiness). Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for hay fever, other allergies, or colds; sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping medicine; prescription pain medicine or
narcotics; barbiturates; medicine for seizures; muscle relaxants; or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics. This
effect may last for a few days after you stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before taking any of the above
while you are taking this medicine.
If you think you or someone else may have taken an overdose of this medicine, get emergency help at once. Taking an overdose
of a benzodiazepine or taking alcohol or other CNS depressants with the benzodiazepine may lead to unconsciousness and possibly death. Some signs of an overdose are continuing slurred speech or confusion, severe drowsiness, severe weakness, and staggering.
If you develop any unusual and strange thoughts or behavior while you are taking Klonopin, be sure to discuss it with your
doctor. Some Klonopin side effects that have occurred in people are like those seen in people who drink alcohol and then act
in a manner that is not normal. Other Klonopin side effects may be more unusual and extreme, such as confusion, agitation,
and hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there).
Klonopin may cause some people, especially older persons, to become drowsy, dizzy, lightheaded, clumsy or unsteady, or less
alert than they are normally. Even if taken at bedtime, it may cause some people to feel drowsy or less alert on arising.
Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous
if you are dizzy or are not alert.
Observed Klonopin side effects
Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Klonopin side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur,
if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Less Commonly Observed
Anxiety; confusion (may be more common in the elderly); fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat ; lack of memory of events
taking place after benzodiazepine is taken (may be more common with triazolam); mental depression.
Abnormal thinking, including disorientation, delusions (holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by facts), or loss of sense of reality ; agitation; behavior changes, including aggressive behavior, bizarre behavior, decreased inhibition, or outbursts of anger; convulsions (seizures); hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there); hypotension (low blood pressure); muscle weakness; skin rash or itching ; sore throat, fever, and chills; trouble in sleeping; ulcers or sores in mouth or throat (continuing); uncontrolled movements of body, including the eyes; unusual bleeding or bruising ; unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability ; unusual tiredness or weakness (severe); yellow eyes or skin.
Klonopin side effects from overdose
Confusion (continuing); convulsions (seizures); drowsiness (severe) or coma; shakiness; slow heartbeat; slow reflexes; slurred speech (continuing) ; staggering; troubled breathing ; weakness (severe).
After you stop using Klonopin, your body may need time to adjust. During this time, check with your doctor if you notice any
of the following Klonopin side effects:
More Commonly Observed
Irritability; nervousness; trouble in sleeping.
Less Commonly Observed
Abdominal or stomach cramps; confusion ; fast or pounding heartbeat; increased sense of hearing; increased sensitivity to
touch and pain; increased sweating; loss of sense of reality; mental depression ; muscle cramps; nausea or vomiting;
sensitivity of eyes to light; tingling, burning, or prickly sensations; trembling or shaking.
Confusion as to time, place, or person; convulsions (seizures); feelings of suspicion or distrust; hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there).
Other Klonopin side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with
Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)
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