Rivotril 2mg Tablets 100


Drug Name: clonazepam
Our Price $16.99
PBS $0.00
Concession $0.00
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Rivotril 2mg Tablets 100

Rivotril 2mg Tablets 100

Product ID: 49052

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

onsumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about RIVOTRIL.

It does not contain all the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking RIVOTRIL against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What RIVOTRIL is used for

RIVOTRIL drops and tablets are used for the treatment of epilepsy in infants, children and adults.

RIVOTRIL Injection is also used to treat status epilepticus (prolonged or repeated fits or seizures without any recovery between attacks).

RIVOTRIL belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. They are thought to work by their action on brain chemicals.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions why RIVOTRIL has been prescribed for you. Your doctor, however, may have prescribed RIVOTRIL for another purpose.

This medicine may be addictive.

This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

Before you take RIVOTRIL

Do not take RIVOTRIL if:

1. you have had an allergic reaction to RIVOTRIL, any other benzodiazepine medicine or any ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet

Some symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
- shortness of breath
- wheezing or difficulty in breathing
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
- rash, itching or hives on the skin

2. you have severe and chronic lung disease
3. you have severe liver disease
4. you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol
5. the package is torn or shows signs of tampering
6. the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.

If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed it may not work as well.

If you are not sure if you should be taking RIVOTRIL, talk to your doctor.

Before you start to take it:

Your doctor must know about all the following before you start to take RIVOTRIL.

1. if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant

It is not known whether RIVOTRIL is harmful to an unborn baby when taken by a pregnant woman. If there is a need to take RIVOTRIL when you are pregnant your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits to you and the unborn baby.

2. if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed

RIVOTRIL may pass into the breast milk and cause drowsiness and/or feeding difficulties in the baby. RIVOTRIL is not recommended for use while breastfeeding.

3. if you have any other health problems including:

- liver, kidney or lung disease
- high or low blood pressure
- myasthenia gravis (severe muscle weakness)
- sleep apnoea (a condition where you have temporary stops in breathing during sleep)
- glaucoma (a condition where you have high pressure in the eye)
- depression, psychosis or schizophrenia
- porphyria (a rare blood pigment disorder)

4. if you drink alcohol

Alcohol may increase the effects of RIVOTRIL.

5. if you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines including any that you have bought without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or healthfood shop. Some medicines may interfere with RIVOTRIL. These medicines include:

sleeping tablets, sedatives or tranquillisers
some medicines for depression
other medicines to control epilepsy
medicines for allergies or colds eg. antihistamines
pain relievers
muscle relaxants
cimetidine - a medicine used to treat ulcers
disulfiram - a medicine used in alcohol abuse

These medicines may be affected by RIVOTRIL or may affect how well RIVOTRIL works. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines. They also have a more complete list of medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking RIVOTRIL.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking RIVOTRIL.

How to take RIVOTRIL

How much to take

Take RIVOTRIL exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Your doctor will tell you how much RIVOTRIL to take each day.

The dose varies from person to person depending on age and the condition being treated. The usual adult dose is between 4 and 8 mg daily. Infants and children may need to take less.

How to take it

Swallow the RIVOTRIL tablets whole with a glass of water.

RIVOTRIL drops should not be administered directly from the neck of the bottle into the mouth in case the dropper dislodges.

When to take it

Take RIVOTRIL as directed by your doctor.

RIVOTRIL may be taken with or without food.

How long to take RIVOTRIL

Continue taking RIVOTRIL until your doctor tells you to stop.

If you forget to take RIVOTRIL

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking it as you would normally.

Do not double a dose to make up for one you have missed.

If you are not sure whether to skip the dose, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

In case of an overdose

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much RIVOTRIL, even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

If you have taken too much RIVOTRIL, you may feel drowsy, tired, confused, dizzy, have difficulty breathing, feel weak or become unconscious.

Keep telephone numbers for these places handy.

If you are not sure what to do, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

While you are taking RIVOTRIL

Things you must do

Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking RIVOTRIL.

Do not take any other medicines whether they require a prescription or not without first telling your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking RIVOTRIL.

Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not effective and change your treatment unnecessarily.

Tell your doctor if you feel RIVOTRIL is not helping your condition.

Be sure to keep all of your appointments with your doctor so that your progress can be checked. Your doctor may want do some blood and other tests from time to time to check on your progress and detect any unwanted side effects.

Things you must not do

Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how RIVOTRIL affects you. RIVOTRIL may cause drowsiness or dizziness in some people and therefore may affect alertness. Make sure you know how you react to RIVOTRIL before you drive a car or operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are drowsy, dizzy or not alert.

Do not take RIVOTRIL for a longer time than your doctor has prescribed

Do not stop taking RIVOTRIL or lower the dose without first checking with your doctor. Stopping this medicine suddenly may cause some unwanted effects. Your doctor will explain how you should slowly reduce your dose of RIVOTRIL before you can stop taking it completely.

Do not let yourself run out of medicine over the weekend or on holidays.

Do not give RIVOTRIL to anyone else even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not use RIVOTRIL to treat other complaints unless your doctor says to.

Things to be careful of

Be careful when drinking alcohol while taking RIVOTRIL. Combining RIVOTRIL and alcohol can make you more sleepy, dizzy or lightheaded. Your doctor may suggest that you avoid alcohol or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink while you are taking RIVOTRIL.

Be careful if you are elderly, unwell or taking other medicines. Some people may experience side effects such as drowsiness, confusion, dizziness and unsteadiness which may increase the risk of a fall.

Side Effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking RIVOTRIL. RIVOTRIL helps most people with epilepsy but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

drowsiness, tiredness
dizziness, unsteadiness
loss of memory, inattentiveness, confusion, lack of concentration
headache, hangover feeling in the morning
slurred speech
unpleasant dreams

Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:

difficulties in breathing
sudden anxiety or excitation
hallucinations or delusions
severe sleep disturbances

These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.

This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some people and there may be some side effects not yet known.

Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even if it is not on this list.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don't understand anything in this list.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

After taking RIVOTRIL


Keep your tablets in the bottle until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the bottle they may not keep well.

Keep RIVOTRIL in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 °C. Do not store it, or any other medicine, in a bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep RIVOTRIL where young children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.


If your doctor tells you to stop taking RIVOTRIL, or the medicine has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.

Product Description

What RIVOTRIL looks like

RIVOTRIL 0.5 mg Tablets are round, pale orange with a score break on one side and Roche 0.5 on the other.

RIVOTRIL 2 mg Tablets are round, whitish, with a score break on one side and Roche 2 on the other.

RIVOTRIL Drops are a clear colourless to greenish yellow liquid.

RIVOTRIL Injection contains a clear colourless to greenish yellow liquid.


Active ingredient -


each 0.5 mg tablet contains 0.5 mg clonazepam
each 2 mg tablet contains 2 mg clonazepam
each 1 mL drops contains 2.5 mg clonazepam
each 1mL ampoule for injection contains 1 mg clonazepam

Inactive ingredients -

both 0.5 mg and 2 mg tablets contain lactose, maize starch and magnesium stearate (470).
the 0.5 mg tablets also contain potato starch, talc (553) and the colourings iron oxide red, CI 77491 (172) and iron oxide yellow, CI 77492 (172)
the 2 mg tablets also contain microcrystalline cellulose (460)
the drops contain saccharin sodium (954), propylene glycol (1520), glacial acetic acid (260) and peach flavour 85 502
the injection contains ethanol, benzyl alcohol, propylene glycol (1520) and glacial acetic acid (260

RIVOTRIL tablets are gluten free.

RIVOTRIL 0.5 mg Tablets come in packs of 100.

RIVOTRIL 2 mg Tablets come in packs of 100.

RIVOTRIL Drops come in packs of 10mL.

RIVOTRIL Injection comes in packs of 5 ampoules.


RIVOTRIL is distributed by:
Roche Products Pty Limited
ABN 70 000 132 865
4 - 10 Inman Road
Dee Why NSW 2099
Customer enquiries: 1 800 233 950
Please check with your pharmacist for the latest Consumer Medicine Information.

Australian Registration Number
RIVOTRIL 0.5 mg Tablets
AUST R 13759
RIVOTRIL 2 mg Tablets
AUST R 42373
RIVOTRIL 2.5 mg/mL Oral Liquid
AUST R 13758
RIVOTRIL 1 mg/1 mL Injection
AUST R 13757

This leaflet was prepared on 21 April 2008.

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