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Onfi Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is clobazam (Onfi)?
- What are the possible side effects of clobazam (Onfi)?
- What is the most important information I should know about clobazam (Onfi)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking clobazam (Onfi)?
- How should I take clobazam (Onfi)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Onfi)?
- What happens if I overdose (Onfi)?
- What should I avoid while taking clobazam (Onfi)?
- What other drugs will affect clobazam (Onfi)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking clobazam (Onfi)?
You should not take clobazam if you are allergic to it.
To make sure you can safely take clobazam, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- severe kidney disease;
- liver disease;
- a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior; or
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Tell your doctor if you have new or worsening depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several months of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed.
Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Clobazam may be habit forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share clobazam with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether clobazam will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Clobazam can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking clobazam.
Clobazam can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Clobazam should not be given to a child younger than 2 years old.
The sedative effects of clobazam may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking clobazam.
How should I take clobazam (Onfi)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
You may crush the clobazam tablet and mix the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use.
Do not stop using clobazam without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures or unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if you stop using clobazam suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Use clobazam regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. Contact your doctor if your seizures get worse or you have them more often while taking clobazam.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Clobazam is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Additional Onfi Information
- Onfi Drug Interactions Center: clobazam oral
- Onfi Side Effects Center
- Onfi FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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