Clobazam

(KLOE ba zam)

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Onfi

Brand Names: Canada

  • Apo-Clobazam®
  • Clobazam-10
  • Dom-Clobazam
  • Frisium®
  • Novo-Clobazam
  • PMS-Clobazam

What key warnings do I need to know about before giving this drug to my child?

  • Sometimes drugs are not safe when your child takes them with other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor about all the drugs your child takes.
  • This drug comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this drug is refilled.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to clobazam or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

Why does my child need this drug?

  • It is used to stop or control seizures.

How is this drug given?

  • Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Tablet may be crushed and mixed with applesauce.

How long does this drug take to work?

  • Your child may start feeling better soon after starting this drug.
  • It may take a few weeks to see the full effect.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child's next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child's normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Do not change the dose or stop your child's drug. Talk with your child's doctor.

What safety measures do I need to take when my child is using this drug?

  • This drug may be habit-forming with long-term use.
  • If your child has been taking this drug for more than 10 days, talk with your child's doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop this drug.
  • If your child has liver disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has lung disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has mental illness, talk with the doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child's doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • Avoid giving your child other drugs and natural products that may slow your child's actions.
  • If your child drinks grapefruit juice or eats grapefruit often, talk with your child's doctor.
  • This drug may cause your child to be less alert. Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for alertness. These include playing (for example, riding a bicycle, rollerblading, sports) or using items that call for your child to have focus or coordination (for example, scissors, lawnmower, electric scooters, or toy cars). Your child's actions will be closely watched until you see how this drug affects him/her. School work may be hard for your child to focus on and get done.

What are some side effects of this drug?

  • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for him/her to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug works.
  • Emotional ups and downs.
  • Sleeping more than normal. Your infant may not wake up for feeding.
  • Unexpected excitement may rarely happen.

When do I need to call my child's doctor?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child's doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child shows signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing him/herself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
  • If your child has a change in balance.
  • If your child has a change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • If your child's seizures are worse or not the same after starting this drug.
  • If your child is feeling very tired or weak.
  • If your child is feeling very nervous and excitable.
  • If you are not able to wake your child.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you believe your child’s health problem is worse.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

General drug facts

  • If your child has a very bad allergy, he/she needs to wear an allergy ID at all times.
  • You may get this drug by drug order only. If there are refills, call your pharmacy. If your child does not have refills left, you may need to call your child's doctor.
  • Get rid of this drug when your child no longer needs it or if the drug is outdated.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
  • Do not share your child's drug with others and do not give anyone else's drug to your child.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before giving your child any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
  • If you do not use a drug the right way, it may not be safe. Follow what your child’s doctor tells you.