Klonopin® (clonazepam) is a medication often prescribed for the treatment of epilepsy and panic disorder. Many clinical studies have been conducted on this medicine, and it appears to be safe for most people. However, there are certain risks associated with Klonopin that you should be aware of before starting treatment.
For example, it is important to know that Klonopin may cause a number of side effects. During clinical trials, some of the most common side effects that were reported with this drug included drowsiness, upper respiratory tract infections, coordination problems, and behavior problems. In most cases, side effects of Klonopin are minor and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily.
However, certain problems with Klonopin are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. The medication can cause severe drowsiness and difficulty breathing, which could be life-threatening. Klonopin can also increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior, make seizures worse, or cause problems in pregnant women.
(Click Klonopin Side Effects and Klonopin Warnings and Precautions to learn about other potential risks with Klonopin, including more information about who should not use this particular medicine.)