Clonazepam (marketed by Roche under the trade-name Klonopin® in the United States and Rivotril® in Europe, South America, Canada and Australia) is a drug which is a benzodiazepine derivative. It is a highly potent anticonvulsant, amnestic and anxiolytic.
Because clonazepam can impair both mental and motor function, those taking it are advised to use caution when operating motor vehicles or machinery, or engaging in hazardous occupations requiring mental alertness. Side effects include:
Rare side effects:
Anger (Most frequently on children and elderly)
Rage Up to 30% of individuals treated on a long-term basis develop a form of dependence known as "low-dose-dependence". These patients do not develop a tolerance, and do not need increasingly large doses to experience the euphoric side effects of the drug.
Use of alcohol or other CNS depressants while taking clonazepam greatly intensifies the effects (and side effects) of the drug.