Clonazepam is a potent drug that belongs to the ‘benzodiazepines’ class of medicines. It is used both for the control of, as well as the treatment of a large array of mental disorders such as epilepsy and seizures, panic attacks, anxiety and even a few muscle disorders.
As with all highly potent medications, this drug too, has many different side effects that an unwary user should do well know to know and understand before commencement of treatment.
Clonazepam may cause the following side effects:
- Coordination problems and muscle aches
- Blurred vision
- Loss of libido
- Increased secretion of saliva
- Memory problems; difficulty in remembering or thinking
- Loss of appetite
- Infection or congestion of the upper respiratory
Highly addictive nature
Since it is essentially a tranquilizer and as such has both sedative and hypnotic qualities, it is prone to abuse by many recreational drug users and the fact that it is available at any (prescription only) pharmacy makes it all the more easy to acquire. Many drug users consider it a less dangerous alternative to highly illegal hard drugs such as crystal meth, cocaine and even heroin. However, regular intake of this drug exposes the user to many Clonazepam side effects such as:
- Extreme dependence
- Uncontrollable addiction
- Dizziness and lethargy
Fatal drug overdose
This is arguably the most lethal of Clonazepam side effects as its powerful sophomoric properties can easily slow the brain down substantially. And especially when taken in conjunction with other recreational drugs and chemicals (including alcoholic beverages) such activity can slow down to a level so low that it might result in unconsciousness and in extreme cases, even prove fatal for the user.
Alcohol abuse and pregnancy
This drug is known to react with alcohol and if you have had (or have a) history of drug and alcohol abuse then it is imperative that you consult your doctor first before taking this drug.
Another common though less well known side effect of this drug is the fact that it may have a negative impact on the birth of the child if it is taken during pregnancy by the expectant mother. Clonazepam has the capability of increasing the risk of birth defects for the unborn baby. It is recommended to stop the intake of this drug if pregnancy occurs during treatment. This medication is also considered unsafe for use by lactating mothers.
Blurred vision and fatigue
Other more common Clonazepam side effects include a blurring of the vision as well as extreme fatigue. These effects can last for hours and especially in the case of fatigue, the user feels very lethargic and this lassitude can potentially last even up till 24 hours after usage. Moreover, constipation as well as a loss of both appetite and libido have also being reported amongst people who use this potent medicine regularly.
Many people who use Clonazepam have reported that they have trouble recollecting and remembering events, even recent ones and they are furthermore not able to think clearly either and remain in a confused state of mind, often for hours on end after taking this drug. Apart from all these side effects, it has also being known to cause excessive secretion of saliva in the mouth along with hives and rashes all over the body.
What Else to Look for?
If the above adverse effects do not go away, you need to immediately consult with your doctor. In addition, Rivotril may also cause the following serious side effects:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Hoarse voice
- Swelling of the throat, tongue, lips, eyes or face
Should any of these side effects appear, they may be in response to an allergic reaction. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, consult your medical practitioner immediately.