Clonazepam

About

Clonazepam is an anti convulsant used to control seizures/fits. It can be useful in several types of seizures such as epileptic spasms and myoclonic seizures.

Clonazepam must be prescribed by a doctor. You should never give your child anyone else's medications.

 

Disclaimer

The information provided in this handout is limited and does not replace the need for a medical consultation. It is very important you speak to your doctor about all aspects of your medication including side effects when medication is first prescribed. Report any concerns to your doctor promptly.

 

Side effects

All medications have side effects. Not everyone will experience side effects.

Below are some of the possible side effects your child may experience.

  • Sedation and drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Ataxia
  • Hyper salivation and drooling
  • Dry mouth
  • Slurred speech
  • Forgetfulness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Hyper excitability
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

Rare side effects

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Itchiness

Interactions

Your doctor will check and make sure that other drugs your child is taking are compatible with Clonazepam. This is also important if you are giving your child herbal or complementary medicines. The doctor can check to make sure they are compatible.

Depression of breathing can occur if used with other medicines that suppress the brain. This is especially important in children with swallowing and movement problems.

Need-to-know

It is important patients can think clearly on Clonazepam especially if driving.

This medication should not be stopped suddenly as seizures may increase. There is also a withdrawal syndrome in chronic use.

Monitoring and Levels

Drug monitoring is not performed.

Pregnancy and contraception

If a pregnancy is planned, a discussion with your neurologist is recommended. For further information, refer to the Contraception and Pregnancy section.