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Clorazepate Description

Clorazepate Description


Pronunciation: (klor az' e pate)

Trade Name(s): Tranxene

Why it is prescribed: Clorazepate is used to relieve anxiety. It also is used to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal as well as seizures or seizures caused by epilepsy.

When it is to be taken: Clorazepate is taken one to four times a day. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Do not take clorazepate for anxiety for more than four months without consulting your doctor.

How it should be taken: Clorazepate comes in the form of tablets and capsules. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose.

Special Instruction:
1. If you are taking clorazepate to control seizures and have an increase in their frequency or severity, contact your doctor. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
2. Clorazepate can decrease alertness and coordination. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
3. As clorazepate is habit-forming, do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than as directed.
4. Do not stop taking this drug without consulting your doctor, especially if you have been taking it for a long time.
5. Stopping the drug abruptly can worsen your condition and cause withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor probably will want to decrease your dose gradually.
6. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your dose may need to be adjusted occasionally, and you may have blood tests periodically.

Side Effects:
1. Drowsiness, dizziness, muscle incoordination, fatigue, weakness, confusion, faintness. If these effects persist for more than a few days, contact your doctor.
2. Talkativeness, restlessness, anxiety, excitement, trembling, muscle spasms, sleeping problems, nightmares. Stop taking the medication and contact your doctor immediately.

Other Precautions:
1. Pregnant or breast-feeding women should inform their doctors. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor immediately.
2. Before you take this drug, tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, including antacids, cimetidine, digoxin, disulfiram, levodopa, seizure medication, sleeping pills, prescription pain medication, medication for depression, barbiturates, tranquilizers, sedatives, antihistamines, and medication for allergies and colds.
3. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Alcohol adds to the drowsiness and dizziness caused by this drug.
4. Do not smoke while taking clorazepate. Smoking can decrease its effectiveness.
5. If you have liver or kidney disease, tell your doctor before you take this drug. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.

Storage Conditions: Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature, away from light and excess heat.

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