Clonazepam

*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.


Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine drug (originally marketed as Rivotril). It treats anxiety and panic attacks, epilepsy, and relaxes the muscles.

Do not use when

  • Your child has a known allergy to one of the ingredients
  • Your child suffers from severe liver dysfunction, severe pulmonary dysfunction or glaucoma
  • You're pregnant or nursing

Consult your doctor when

  • Your child has any known food or drug allergies
  • Your child suffers or suffered in the past from respiratory problems, glaucoma, kidney, liver, urinary tract problems, muscles weakness, epilepsy, or drug/alcohol addiction

Storing the Medication
Medication should be kept in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Administer the medication at the times instructed by your physician. Do not chew. If in syrup form, make sure to mix the drops well with tea or juice. If your child is taking the pills – make sure he has a large glass of water. Rivitrol drops can be taken during a meal.

What should I do if I forgot to administer the medication on time?
Give the medication as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon, skip the forgotten dose. Do not give two doses at once.

When can I stop treatment?
Finish the round as instructed by your doctor. Even if your child's condition improves, do not stop treatment without consulting your doctor. Stopping treatment suddenly ('cold turkey') is accompanied by uncontrollable shakes, tension, confusion, difficulty sleeping, stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating and irritability.

Side Effects
Side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, instability, speech problems, excessive salivation, loss of coordination, irritability, depression, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, chills, shaking, headaches, irregular heart rate, bleeding, bruising ad nightmares. After a few days taking the medication, your child should adjust to the medication and the side effects will lessen.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child experiences severe side effects such as nausea, rashes, excessive weakness, behavioral changes, severe seizures, jaundice, hallucinations, confusion, disturbing thoughts, blurred vision, mood swings
  • Your child's condition worsens
  • Your child has an allergic reaction to the treatment

It is important that your child has close and frequent monitoring while taking Clonazepam. The medication is not meant for long-term use – please see your doctor after 2-4 weeks of taking the medication. Prolonged use can lower the effectiveness of the drug in addition to causing dependency among users. In some cases, using this drug can cause changes in behavioral patterns and disturbing thoughts. Contains lactose – please notify your doctor if your child is lactose intolerant.