Clorazepate Dipotassium Tablets, USP CIV
(klor az' e pate dye" poe tas' ee um)
|What is the most important information I should know about clorazepate dipotassium?
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how taking clorazepate dipotassium and opioids affects you.
Clorazepate dipotassium is a benzodiazepine medicine. Taking benzodiazepines with opioid medicines, alcohol, or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants (including street drugs) can cause severe drowsiness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), coma and death. Get emergency help right away if any of the following happens:
- shallow or slowed breathing
- breathing stops (which may lead to the heart stopping)
- excessive sleepiness (sedation
Like other antiepileptic medicines, clorazepate dipotassium may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500.
Risk of abuse, misuse, and addiction. There is a risk of abuse, misuse, and addiction with benzodiazepines including clorazepate dipotassium which can lead to overdose and serious side effects including coma and death.
Serious side effects including coma and death have happened in people who have abused or misused benzodiazepines, including clorazepate dipotassium. These serious side effects may also include delirium, paranoia, suicidal thoughts or actions, seizures, and difficulty breathing. Call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you get any of these serious side effects.
- You can develop an addiction even if you take clorazepate dipotassium as prescribed by your healthcare provider
Take clorazepate dipotassium exactly as your healthcare provider prescribed.
- Do not share your clorazepate dipotassium with other people.
- Keep clorazepate dipotassium in a safe place and away from children.
Physical dependence and withdrawal reactions. Clorazepate dipotassium can cause physical dependence and withdrawal reactions.
Do not suddenly stop taking clorazepate dipotassium. Stopping clorazepate dipotassium suddenly can cause serious and life-threatening side effects, including, unusual movements, responses, or expressions, seizures, sudden and severe mental or nervous system changes, depression, seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear, an extreme increase in activity or talking, losing touch with reality, and suicidal thoughts or actions. Call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you get any of these symptoms.
Some people who suddenly stop benzodiazepines have symptoms that can last for several weeks to more than 12 months, including, anxiety, trouble remembering, learning, or concentrating, depression, problems sleeping, feeling like insects are crawling under your skin, weakness, shaking, muscle twitching, burning or prickling feeling in your hands, arms, legs or feet, and ringing in your ears.
- Physical dependence is not the same as drug addiction. Your healthcare provider can tell you more about the differences between physical dependence and drug addiction.
Do not take more clorazepate dipotassium than prescribed or take clorazepate dipotassium for longer than prescribed.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
- thoughts about suicide or dying
- attempts to commit suicide
- new or worse depression
- new or worse anxiety
- feeling agitated or restless
- panic attacks
- trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- new or worse irritability
- acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
- acting on dangerous impulses
- an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
- other unusual changes in behavior or mood
How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?
Call your healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you are worried about symptoms.
- Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.
- Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider as scheduled.
Stopping a seizure medicine suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).
Suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by things other than medicines. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, your healthcare provider may check for other causes.
|What is clorazepate dipotassium?
Clorazepate dipotassium is a prescription medicine used:
Clorazepate dipotassium tablets are federally controlled substance (C-IV) because it contains clorazepate that can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep clorazepate dipotassium in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away clorazepate dipotassium may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs. It is not known if clorazepate dipotassium is safe and effective in children less than 9 years of age.
- to treat anxiety disorders
- with other medicines to treat partial seizures
- to treat the symptoms of sudden alcohol withdrawal
|Do not take clorazepate dipotassium if you:
- are allergic to clorazepate dipotassium or any of the ingredients in clorazepate dipotassium tablets. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in clorazepate dipotassium tablets.
|Before you take clorazepate dipotassium, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
- have liver or kidney problems
- have or have had depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behaviour
- have a history of abnormal thinking and behavior (psychotic reactions)
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
- Taking clorazepate dipotassium late in pregnancy may cause your baby to have symptoms of sedation (breathing problems, sluggishness, low muscle tone), and/or withdrawal symptoms (jitteriness, irritability, restlessness, shaking, excessive crying, feeding problems).
- Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think you are pregnant during treatment with clorazepate dipotassium.
- There is a pregnancy registry for women who take clorazepate dipotassium during pregnancy. The purpose of the registry is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. If you become pregnant during treatment with clorazepate dipotassium, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medications. You can register by calling 1-866-961-2388 or visiting https://womensmentalhealth.org/pregnancyregistry/.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Clorazepate dipotassium passes into breast milk.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take clorazepate dipotassium.
- Breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with clorazepate dipotassium.
Taking clorazepate dipotassium with certain other medicines can cause side effects or affect how well clorazepate dipotassium or the other medicines work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider.
|How should I take clorazepate dipotassium?
- Take clorazepate dipotassium exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much clorazepate dipotassium to take and when to take it.
- Your healthcare provider may change your dose if needed. Do not change your dose of clorazepate dipotassium without talking to your healthcare provider.
- Do not stop taking clorazepate dipotassium without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping clorazepate dipotassium suddenly can cause serious problems.
- If you take too much clorazepate dipotassium, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
|What are the possible side effects of clorazepate dipotassium?
Clorazepate dipotassium may cause serious side effects, including: See “What is the most important information I should know about clorazepate dipotassium?”
The most common side effects of clorazepate dipotassium include:
Clorazepate dipotassium can make you sleepy or dizzy and can slow your thinking and motor skills. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how clorazepate dipotassium affects you.
Do not drink alcohol or take other drugs that may make you sleepy or dizzy while taking clorazepate dipotassium without first talking to your healthcare provider. When taken with alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness or dizziness, clorazepate dipotassium may make your sleepiness or dizziness much worse.
These are not all the possible side effects of clorazepate dipotassium. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
- upset stomach
- blurred vision
- dry mouth
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
|How should I store clorazepate dipotassium?
- Store clorazepate dipotassium at room temperature between 68ºF to 77ºF (20ºC to 25ºC).
- Keep clorazepate dipotassium tablets in a tightly closed container, dry, and out of the light. Do not remove any desiccants from the bottle.
Keep clorazepate dipotassium and all medicines out of the reach of children.
|General Information about the safe and effective use of clorazepate dipotassium.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use clorazepate dipotassium for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give clorazepate dipotassium to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about clorazepate dipotassium that is written for health professionals.
| What are the ingredients in clorazepate dipotassium tablets?
Active ingredient: clorazepate dipotassium
Inactive ingredients: Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, FD&C Blue No.2 Aluminum Lake (3.75 mg), FD&C Yellow No.6 Aluminum Lake (7.5 mg), Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Carbonate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Croscarmellose Sodium and Magnesium Stearate.
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For more information about clorazepate dipotassium tablets call Novitium Pharma LLC at 1-855-204-1431.
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.