Also known as: Clonazepam
Catier results in a depression of the activities of the central nervous system. This depression is not meant to designate a feeling of depressed mood, although some people may experience depressed mood as a side effect of Catier use. It instead relates to a reduction in the rate of activity of the cells in the brain. This reduction in the rate of brain activity affects several cognitive functions, most notably the ability to form new memories. Memories are formed in the brain as a result of increased activity of neurons, and a person using a benzodiazepine like Catier will experience a dampening of these processes that can interfere with the ability to form new memories while one is taking the drug.
There is some evidence that cognitive abilities, such as memory, attention, visual spatial skills, and even intellect, might be affected as a result of long-term benzodiazepine abuse; however, the research in this area is limited due to many of the subjects in the studies having a history of abusing benzodiazepines and other substances, such as alcohol.
Catier is used alone or in combination with other medications to control certain types of seizures. It is also used to relieve panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Catier is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. It works by decreasing abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
Catier comes as a tablet and an orally disintegrating tablet (tablet that dissolves quickly in the mouth) to take by mouth. It usually is taken one to three times a day with or without food. Take Catier at around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.
Do not try to push the orally disintegrating tablet through the foil. Instead, use dry hands to peel back the foil packaging. Immediately take out the tablet and place it in your mouth. The tablet will quickly dissolve and can be swallowed with or without liquid.
Benzodiazepines like Catier became popular prescription medications, as alternatives to another class of anti-anxiety medications called barbiturates. Barbiturates were once very popular in the treatment of anxiety; however, they were highly addictive, carried a high risk for overdose, and were frequently abused. Benzodiazepines also carry a significant risk for the development of physical dependence and abuse (see below); however, they do not appear to carry the same risk of overdose that is associated with barbiturates (although overdose on benzodiazepines can occur).
Many of the cases of overdose that include benzodiazepines also include the co-occurring use of other drugs, such as alcohol, narcotic pain medications, or antidepressants. Using these drugs and benzodiazepines like Catier together enhances the effects of all drugs as well as increases the risk for overdose and potential fatalities due to drug interactions and drug overdose.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach.