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A to Z of MS Clonazepam (Rivotril)
Clonazepam is one of the class of benzodiazepine drugs, which slow down the activity of the central nervous system. In multiple sclerosis it is may be used for the treatment of tremor, and very occasionally to manage pain or spasticity.
How clonazepam is given
Clonazepam is taken orally as tablets.
Clonazepam causes dependency so stopping treatment must be gradual and with a doctor's advice.
Side effects and contraindications
Fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, ataxia, lightheadedness, drowsiness, confusion, depression.
Clonazepam should not be taken by people with severe liver disorders or some respiratory conditions. It should also not be taken during pregnancy or when still breastfeeding.
Clonazepam can be dangerous if taken with alcohol, It can also increase the effect of a number of other drugs with which it should not be taken. These include antihistamines, sedatives, tranquilizers, prescription pain medications, seizure medications, muscle relaxants, sleeping medications. If in doubt, discuss this with your doctor before taking clonazepam.
Patient Information Leaflet
- Rivotril (EMC website)