What Is Clonazepam?
Clonazepam is a member of the benzodiazepine drug family used as an anti-anxiety medication. Other drugs that are classified as benzodiazepines include Ativan, Xanax, Dalmane, and Valium. Benzodiazepines work by boosting the activity of (GABA) gamma- aminobutyric acid in the central nervous system.
Being a neurotransmitter, GABA inhibits the effects of the brain. It is said that too much brain activity can cause anxiety and other related complications. Clonazepam is also administered for treatment of various kinds of seizures.
Clonazepam should only be taken according to the instructions of a practiced health care provider, considering its abuse potential.
Clonazepam is available in tablet form (0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg).
The drug should be storage at room temperature. Generally, temperatures should not fall below 15° C or increase above 30°C in order to maintain the effectiveness of the drugs. The drugs should also keep away in a safe place free from moisture and dust. Children should also not be allowed to have access to the tablets.
The appropriate dosage of this drug is determined by individual circumstances. This means that this drug should never be shared. If the drug is meant to treat seizures, the appropriate starting dosage is 1.5 mg which is meant to be taken on a daily basis but divided in 3 different doses. The amount of dosage taken may be increased slowly after 3 days in order to control the symptoms effectively. The largest dosage a day should be 20 gm. The starting dose for the treatment of panic complications should be 0.25 mg taken two times a day. This dose can be increased after 3 days to achieve the desired results.
Mixing Clonazepam with Other Substances
Just like other benzodiazepine drugs, clonazepam heightens the effects brought about by other drugs on the brain activity. Taking benzodiazepines like clonazepam in conjunction with certain other drugs like narcotics or alcohol serves to intensify the high feelings or sedation.
Clonazepam and Pregnancy
Just like all other benzodiazepine drugs, clonazepam is said to cause harm to the unborn baby like congenital complications if pregnant mothers take the drug especially when in their initial trimester. This drug should not be used during the initial trimester and possibly the entire pregnancy.
Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid taking clonazepam considering the possibility of this drug being produced through breast milk.
Clonazepam Side Effects and Dependence
There are a number of side effects of clonazepam that are experienced especially if the drug is taken in larger quantities than prescribed by a practiced health care provider. Some of the commonly reported side effects include sedation, lightheadedness, tiredness, and poor physical balance. The other clonazepam side effect that may occur includes depression feelings, concentration problems, headache and sleeplessness.
Just like all other prescription drugs, clonazepam abuse can cause a feeling of dependency on in the user’s body. Abruptly ceasing the use of the drugs at this point can cause ruthless withdrawal symptoms. When taking clonazepam, make sure that you carefully to follow the directions of the doctor to avoid dire consequences.