What is blue pill C1?
The blue pill with C1 on it contains 1 mg Clonazepam a benzodiazepine. It is approved for the treatment of panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia), as well as certain types of seizure disorders. However, benzodiazepines are also commonly used to treat difficulty sleeping and alcohol withdrawal. Clonazepam comes as both an oral tablet and an oral disintegrating (dissolving) tablet. Clonazepam is a controlled substance drug.
Why is blue pill C1 used?
Clonazepam is used to treat panic disorder. It’s also used to stop seizures. Clonazepam may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
How blue pill C1 works
Clonazepam belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
Clonazepam works by increasing the activity of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA). This is a chemical that sends signals throughout your nervous system. If you don’t have enough GABA, your body may be in an excited state. This may cause you to have panic attacks or seizures. When you take this drug, you’ll have more GABA in your body. This will help you have fewer panic attacks and seizures.
Blue pill C1 side effects
Clonazepam oral tablet may cause drowsiness. This drug can slow down your brain’s activity and interfere with your judgment, thinking, and reaction time. You shouldn’t drive, use machinery, or do other activities that require alertness until you know how this drug affects you. It can cause other side effects as well.
More common side effects
The more common side effects of clonazepam oral tablet can include:
- problems with walking and coordination
- problems with memory
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- depressed mood or thoughts of suicide (harming yourself)
- seizures (these are more likely to happen if you stop taking this drug too quickly, or if you already have a seizure disorder)
Clonazepam may interact with other medications
Clonazepam oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.
To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Drugs that increase the risk of side effects
Taking clonazepam with certain other medications may cause more side effects. Examples of these drugs include:
Benzodiazepines, such as lorazepam, clonazepam, triazolam, and midazolam. You may feel more sedated and drowsy.
Opioids, such as codeine and hydrocodone. Taking these drugs with clonazepam puts you at serious risk of severe drowsiness, slowed breathing, coma, or death.
Barbiturate and nonbarbiturate sleep drugs, such as amobarbital, butabarbital, eszopiclone, pentobarbital, zaleplon, and zolpidem. You may feel more sedated and drowsy.
Other drugs used to treat anxiety, such as buspirone and hydroxyzine. You may feel more sedated and drowsy.
Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline. You may feel more sedated and drowsy.
Other drugs used to treat seizures, such as gabapentin and pregabalin. You may feel more sedated and drowsy.
This drug comes with several warnings.
The use of drinks that contain alcohol can increase your risk of sedative effects from clonazepam. You may have slowed reflexes, poor judgment, and sleepiness. This can be dangerous. If you drink alcohol, talk to your doctor.
Clonazepam can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:
- trouble breathing
- swelling of your throat or tongue
If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).
Warnings for people with certain health conditions
For people with depression: Your depression might get worse while you’re taking this drug. If you have worsening symptoms of depression or any suicidal thoughts (thoughts of harming yourself), call your doctor right away.
For people with acute narrow angle glaucoma: You shouldn’t take this drug if you have acute narrow angle glaucoma. It can make your condition worse.
For people with liver disease: If you have liver problems, your body may not be able to clear this drug well. This can cause the drug to build up in your body. This puts you at a higher risk for side effects.
Warnings for other groups
For pregnant women: Clonazepam is a category D pregnancy drug. That means two things:
Studies show a risk of adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
This drug should only be used during pregnancy in serious cases where it’s needed to treat a dangerous condition in the mother.
Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This drug should be used only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Call your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking this drug.
For women who are breastfeeding: Clonazepam passes into breast milk and causes side effects in a child who is breastfed. Talk to your doctor if you breastfeed your child. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or stop taking this medication.
For seniors: The kidneys of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause your body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in your body for a longer time. This raises your risk of side effects.
For children: This medication hasn’t been studied in children with panic disorders. It shouldn’t be used for the treatment of this condition in people younger than 18 years.
How to take blue pill C1
This dosage information is for clonazepam oral tablet. All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:
- your age
- the condition being treated
- the severity of your condition
- other medical conditions you have
- how you react to the first dose
- Forms and strengths
Form: oral tablet
Strengths: 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg
Form: oral disintegrating tablet
Strengths: 0.125 mg, 0.25, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg
Take as directed
Clonazepam oral tablet is used for short-term treatment. It comes with risks if you don’t take it as prescribed. If you stop taking the drug suddenly or don’t take it at all: If you don’t take this drug, your panic disorder or seizures won’t get better and may get worse. If you stop taking it suddenly, you may have symptoms of withdrawal. These include irritability, trouble sleeping, and anxiety.
If you miss doses or don’t take the drug on schedule: You may have withdrawal symptoms if you don’t take the drug on schedule.
If you take too much: You could have dangerous levels of the drug in your body. Symptoms of an overdose of this drug can include:
- sleepiness or drowsiness
- trouble with coordination or slow reflexes
- coma (being unconscious for a long time)
If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, call your doctor or local poison control center. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
What to do if you miss a dose: Take your dose as soon as you remember. But if you remember just a few hours before your next scheduled dose, take only one dose. Never try to catch up by taking two doses at once. This could result in dangerous side effects.
How to tell if the drug is working: You should have fewer panic attacks or seizures.
Important considerations for taking clonazepam
Keep these considerations in mind if your doctor prescribes clonazepam oral tablet.
- You can take clonazepam with or without food.
- Take this drug at the times recommended by your doctor.
- You can cut or crush the tablet.
- Not every pharmacy stocks this drug. When filling your prescription, be sure to call ahead.
Store clonazepam between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C). Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms.
A prescription for this medication is refillable. However, clonazepam is a schedule IV controlled substance. Therefore, your prescription for this drug may be refilled no more than five times. Also, you can only get refills for six months after the date your doctor wrote the original prescription. After that time, you’ll need a new prescription.
When traveling with your medication: Always carry your medication with you. When flying, never put it into a checked bag. Keep it in your carry-on bag.
Don’t worry about airport X-ray machines. They can’t hurt your medication.
You may need to show airport staff the pharmacy label for your medication. Always carry the original prescription-labeled box with you.
Don’t put this medication in your car’s glove compartment or leave it in the car. Be sure to avoid doing this when the weather is very hot or very cold.
You and your doctor should monitor certain health issues. This can help make sure you stay safe while you take this drug. These issues include:
Kidney function. Your doctor may do blood tests to check how well your kidneys are working. If your kidneys aren’t working well, your doctor may lower your dose.
Mental health and behavioral problems. You and your doctor should watch for any unusual changes in your behavior and mood. This drug can cause new mental health and behavior problems. It can also make problems you already have worse.
Seizures. If you’re taking this drug for seizures, you and your doctor should monitor the number of seizures you have.
Many insurance companies require a prior authorization for this drug. This means your doctor will need to get approval from your insurance company before your insurance company will pay for the prescription.
Are there any alternatives?
There are other drugs available to treat your condition. Some may be better suited for you than others. Talk to your doctor about other drug options that may work for you . SEE: Does Lyrica Show Up On A Drug Test