Clonazepam is commonly used in medical treatment at this time. Some people are also familiar with this kind of drug and are accustomed in taking it on their every day life. However, the detail information about clonazepam is rarely understood by them. It causes wrong perception and wrong usage of the drug. Therefore, it is better to know about clonazepam in detail. Clonazepam belongs to the group of benzodiazepine or benzo or BZD. Benzo is a psychoactive drug that has the fusion of diazepine ring and benzene ring as its core chemical structure.
It is now known and used in medical treatment in hospitals around the world. It has different market name in different countries. In United State of America, it is called Klonopin and is sold as a generic drug. In Australia, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and other European countries, it is known as Rivotric. Some names of the clonazepam that are popular in other countries are Ravotril, Rivatril, Clonex, Paxam, and Kriadex. It is available in the form of tablets, injection or intravenous infusion, or drops.
It is marketed in some different names like klonopin, and Rivotril. It is usually used in relieving anxiety and certain types of seizures. It is available in the form of drops, tablets, or infusion. It is available in 0,125 mg tablet, 0,25 mg tablet, o,5 mg tablet, 1 mg tablet, and 2 mg tablet. Each tablet of clonazepam contains lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, and corn starch. The usage of clonazepam is based on the patient’s need that is suggested by the doctor. For adults who suffers seizures the dose is 1.5 mg daily in three divided dosage. It can be increased day by day and is stopped when the seizures controlled.
For people with panic disorder, they are suggested to take clonazepam 0,25 mg tablet twice every day. The best temperature to store clonazepam 1mg and other dosage of clonazepam is at room temperature. Just like other benzodiazepines drug, it has drug interaction policy. It can increase the effects of other drugs that cause slow process on people brain. Thus, it is not allowed to take clonazepam and alcohol at the same time. The usage of clonazepam combined with alcohol can make enhanced sedative effects. Moreover, the usage of clonazepam must always obey the doctor’s prescription. If there is any change in order to get recovered soon, the patients must consult it to his doctor and get approval from the doctor.
When somebody increases the dosage of clonazepam usage without telling his doctor, he can regret himself from the negative effects it brings. Overdose usage of clonazepam can cause addiction, so that the person feels as if he cannot pass any single day without taking the drug. Also, overdose can result in severe brain damage of the person. The drug usage cannot be stopped suddenly since it may cause the patient’s condition is getting worse. Doctor must control the usage of the drug, and decide when the patient can stop using it. Negative effects of stopping the drug suddenly and without the doctor’s advice are insomnia and agitation.
One thing to remember about stopping the usage of clonazepam is that it is done gradually. The doctor gives less dosage of the clonazepam day by day. It will save the brain and the body of the patient. Indeed, taking clonazepam in a medical treatment initiated by the patient must be consulted to the doctor first or be based on the doctor’s prescription. If the doctor permits it, then he can take it. If the doctor forbids it, he can give other medicine to solve the patient’s health problem. It should be better for the patient to know the guidelines on using clonazepam before he takes it.
Clonazepam usage can cause various side effects such as sedation, dizziness, weakness, and unsteadiness. It also can cause feeling of depression, headache, loss of orientation, and sleep disturbance. Clonazepam influences carbamazepine and can decrease its levels. Clonazepam can impair people’s ability in driving and operating machinery. It means that everyone who is taking the drug is not allowed to operate any machine and/or to drive. As what has been stated previously, clonazepam and alcohol cannot be taken at the same time. It is because of the fact that the alcohol can intensify the depressing effects of the drug.
Due to its side effects, it is prohibited for pregnant women to take clonazepam. Some researches show that the use of clonazepam in early pregnancy causes various malformations, for example facial and cardiac deformations. Then, if clonazepam is taken by pregnant women in late age of pregnancy, it causes the neonates to get severe benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome that is including hypotonia, apnoeic spells, cynosis and impaired metabolic responses to cold stress. Some possible effects that harm the pregnant women are abortion, functional deficits, malformation, floppy infant syndrome, intrauterine growth, carcinogenesis, and mutagenesis.
It is also hazardous to take clonazepam for breast feeding mother. So, the usage of clonazepam for both pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are only if the medical benefit is bigger than the medical risks. Too much usage of clonazepam can result in somnolence, mental confusion, and nausea. In brief, considering the side effects of clonazepam that can harm people’s health it is very important for every one to consult the usage of the drug to the doctor and to always obey what the doctor suggests them to do and the save dosage of the drug for the sake of their own safety.