Clonazepam Weight Change

Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is a prescription drug licensed for the treatment of panic disorder and certain types of epileptic seizures. A number of side effects have been reported with this medication. In clinical studies where people took this medicine, weight change (including weight gain and weight loss) was reported in less than 1 percent of people.
If you are noticing bothersome weight gain while taking clonazepam, there are some things that you can do. Some suggestions include:
  • Get regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet. This diet should include:


    • Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
    • Lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
    • Few saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugars.


  • Limit your intake of alcohol.
(Click Klonopin and Weight Gain for more information about weight change with clonazepam, and for other suggestions on what to do if weight gain occurs with this drug.)
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