Negative Effects of Clonazepam

Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is a benzodiazepine medication that is often prescribed for treating panic disorder and certain types of epileptic seizures. Most people tolerate this drug well. As with any medicine, however, side effects are possible with clonazepam.
Some of the rare but potentially serious side effects of clonazepam include:
  • Depression (or worsening of existing depression)
  • Problems with balance, especially frequent falls (which are especially dangerous in the elderly)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Memory problems
  • Anxiety, excitation, or agitation
  • Hostility, aggression, or rage
  • Insomnia (see Klonopin and Insomnia)
  • Hallucinations
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including an unexplained rash, hives, itching, and unexplained swelling.
Before you start this medication, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you have breathing problems, depression, liver or kidney disease, or a history of alcohol or drug abuse (as clonazepam can cause problems in people with these conditions).
(Click Clonazepam Side Effects and Precautions and Warnings With Clonazepam for more information about clonazepam's negative effects, including a list of the drug's more common side effects.)
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