Klonopin® (clonazepam) is a prescription medicine commonly used for the treatment of epileptic seizures and panic disorder. Even though most people tolerate this medication well, as with any drug, side effects are possible with Klonopin. Dangers associated with this medicine should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins.
It is important to know that Klonopin can cause both physical and psychological dependence and is often abused. The risk of abuse and dependence is greater for people taking high doses of the drug for long periods of time (more than a few weeks). Since Klonopin has significant abuse potential, it is generally not recommended for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
Klonopin may also cause a number of side effects. In clinical studies, some of the most common side effects that were seen with this medication included coordination problems, drowsiness, and upper respiratory tract infections. Although most side effects are mild, there are some potentially dangerous Klonopin side effects that should be reported to your healthcare provider right away, including difficulty breathing, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, and memory problems.
(Click Klonopin Side Effects and Klonopin Warnings and Precautions to learn about other potential dangers of Klonopin, for information on who should not use this medication, and to find out what other side effects may occur with the drug.)