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Clorazepate belongs to the class of medications known as benzodiazepines. It is used for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety.
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Clorazepate belongs to the class of medications known as benzodiazepines. It is used for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. It may also be used under medical supervision to help with alcohol withdrawal. It works by slowing down the nervous system.
Your doctor may have suggested Clorazepate for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of Clorazepate may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Clorazepate, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Clorazepate without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Clorazepate to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Clorazepate if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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The recommended adult dose of clorazepate usually ranges from approximately 3.75 mg to 60 mg daily in divided doses. The usual adult daily dose is 30 mg. Clorazepate is habit-forming when used for extended periods of time. Do not use Clorazepate in higher doses or for longer periods than prescribed.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones above, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take Clorazepate exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Clorazepate at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Clorazepate. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Clorazepate with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Clorazepate. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Symptoms of overdose:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Clorazepate.
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Do not take clorazepate if you:
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There may be in interaction between clorazepate and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Clorazepate. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Clorazepate.
HEALTH CANADA ADVISORY
October 30, 2020
Health Canada has issued new restrictions concerning the use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like prescription drugs. To read the full Health Canada Advisory, visit Health Canada's web site at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Since clorazepate causes drowsiness and sedation, avoid activities that require mental alertness and physical coordination, such as driving or operating dangerous machinery, if the medication affects you in this way. The effects of alcohol on such activities may be increased.
Medical conditions: If you have depression, psychosis, or an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, discuss with your doctor how Clorazepate may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Clorazepate, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Withdrawal: Clorazepate can become habit-forming. Withdrawal symptoms similar to those occurring with other medications of this class, including alcohol, have been observed after stopping the medication suddenly (after having taken it regularly over a period of time). The symptoms include:
Reducing the dose gradually can help prevent or decrease these withdrawal symptoms. Do not try to do this on your own - ask your doctor for help.
Pregnancy: Clorazepate should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Clorazepate, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: Clorazepate passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking clorazepate, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Clorazepate have not been established for children.
Seniors: Seniors may have a higher risk of drowsiness and poor coordination while taking Clorazepate. Ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk of falls.
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