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Clonazepam (Rivotril)

Other name: Rivotril

In multiple sclerosis, clonazepam is sometimes used to treat tremor.  Clonazepam is occasionally used to manage pain or spasticity when other drugs have not been successful.

How do I take clonazepam?

Clonazepam is taken by mouth (orally) as tablets.

As it can cause dependency, you should stop treatment gradually and with a doctor's advice.

What side effects could I get with clonazepam?

Side effects include fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, ataxia (lack of coordination), light-headedness, drowsiness, confusion, and depression.

Clonazepam should not be taken if you have severe liver disorders or some respiratory conditions. It should also not be taken if you are pregnant or 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, tranquilisers, prescription pain medications, muscle relaxants, sleeping pills and drugs for seizures. If in doubt, talk to your doctor before taking clonazepam.

How does clonazepam work?

Clonazepam is one of the class of benzodiazepine drugs.  These slow down nerve messages in the central nervous system.

Last reviewed: March 2016
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