Clorazepate is used to help reduce the symptoms caused by alcohol withdrawal. It is meant to be taken as part of a complete alcohol withdrawal programme that should include patient education and counselling.
This medicine may also be used to relieve anxiety.
Clorazepate may also be used on its own or together with other medicines to treat epilepsy (fits or seizures).
Take Clorazepate exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take it together with food or water to reduce any stomach discomfort. Try to take it at the same time each day.
The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment regimen depending on your condition.
Clorazepate must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel well. Do not stop taking it suddenly as this may worsen your condition.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have glaucoma (an increased pressure in the eye) as Clorazepate may not be suitable for you.
Do not take Clorazepate if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Clorazepate may cause harm to your unborn child.
Do not take this medicine if you are breastfeeding.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- depression, mood disorder, history of abnormal thinking or behavior
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- history of drug abuse
- lung disease
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Clorazepate to an elderly.
Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
What lifestyle changes should I make to manage my dependence to alcohol?
Eat a healthy diet and manage your stress through meditation and exercise. Avoid temptations of drinking alcohol by removing all alcohol in your home and office and distancing yourself from people who drink. Keep away from places and situations that encourage drinking. Get help from friends and family to support you in your goal of abstaining from alcohol. Continue to attend counselling while taking this medicine to reach your goal.
Clorazepate may drowsiness, dizziness or some problems with your eyesight. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or need to see clearly.
Other side effects may include any of the following: headache, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, tiredness, difficulty of sleeping, slurred speech, shakiness, and loss of appetite.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor if you experience any unusual change in your mood, behaviour, thoughts or feelings, and depression with thoughts or attempts of self-harm.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines to treat depression
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. carbamazepine
- medicine for moderate to severe pain e.g. narcotic analgesics
- other medicine for anxiety or sleep disorder
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Clorazepate.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.