Rivotril or Clonazepam is in the group of medicines called benzodiazepines.
It’s used to control seizures or fits due to epilepsy, involuntary muscle spasms, panic disorders and sometimes restless legs syndrome.
Clonazepam comes as tablets and as a liquid that you swallow.
- Clonazepam works by increasing levels of a calming chemical in your brain. This can relieve anxiety, stop seizures and fits or relax tense muscles.
- The most common side effect is feeling sleepy (drowsy) during the daytime.
- Clonazepam is not likely to be addictive if you take it for a short time (2 to 4 weeks).
- If you take clonazepam for more than 2 to 4 weeks, your dose will need to be reduced gradually before you stop taking it.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking clonazepam. There’s a risk you can sleep very deeply and you may have trouble waking up.