Clonazepam is an anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy. Clonazepam is also sometimes prescribed to treat anxiety and a variety
of other conditions.
Clonazepam is suitable for most people. As with all medicines, however, there are precautions. Your prescriber will usually check
that it is safe to prescribe clonazepam, but let your prescriber know if any of the following apply to you, as extra care may be
a) if you have myasthenia gravis, sleep apnoea syndrome, porphyria, cerebellar ataxia, severe lung disease, respiratory
failure, kidney trouble or suffer from severe liver trouble.
b) if you are taking any other medication, especially cimetidine, sedative antihistamines, antibiotics such as rifampicin,
medication for schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease, medication for anxiety or insomnia, antidepressants,
anticonvulsants or strong pain killers. Also, tell your prescriber if you buy any medicine ‘over the counter’ from a
pharmacy or supermarket. Please also tell your prescriber if you take any alternative or complementary medicine such as
Chinese herbal medicines. St John’s wort should not be taken by patients prescribed clonazepam.
c) if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or wish to become pregnant.
d) if you have lactose intolerance as the tablets contains lactose (but the liquid does not contain lactose)