Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is a medication often used for the treatment of panic disorder and various types of seizures in people with epilepsy. It is available by prescription only and comes in the form of tablets and wafers (orally disintegrating tablets).
Before you start taking clonazepam, problems associated with the use of this medication should be discussed with your healthcare provider. In order to help minimize risks, you should talk to your healthcare provider before starting treatment if you have liver or kidney disease, a history or alcohol or drug abuse, glaucoma, or depression. You should not take clonazepam at all if you have acute narrow-angle glaucoma or severe liver disease.
It is also important to be aware of the potential side effects of clonazepam. In clinical studies, some of the most common side effects that were reported with this medication included:
- Drowsiness -- in up to 50 percent of people
- Coordination problems -- up to 30 percent
- Behavior problems -- up to 25 percent
- Dizziness -- up to 12 percent
- Upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold) -- up to 10 percent.
(Click Clonazepam Side Effects and Precautions and Warnings With Clonazepam to learn about other potential dangers of clonazepam and to find out what other side effects may occur with this medication.)