Klonopin Brand Name

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Bonita B Says:


I've been unable to find Klonopin (brand name) at any pharmacy. Although I've taken this medication for several years, this is the first time I've been unable to find it. I've been told the manufacturer (Roche) has it on backorder. Some say it's no longer available. I cannot take the generic as I get a serious migraine. Does anyone have any suggestions where I might get a Rx filled?



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Bonita! How are you?

Yes, there seems to a shortage due to a recent sale of the manufacturer, but I can't find anything for sure on when it will be resolved.

If you can't take the generic, then the best thing to do may be to speak with your doctor and try an alternative in the meantime, such as Xanax.

This medication carries the risk of being habit forming and could cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache and irritability.

Are there any other questions or concerns?

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golfmom Says:

I contacted company as I also am unable to take generic Klonopin as it gives me a horrible headache. The company told me possibly be back in production in September. My doctor did give me Xanax to help till get Klonopin Brand back.

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Elizabeth Says:

Hi, I to take the name brand Klonopin, I call Roche today the manufacturer of Klonopin & was told the it is on hold but should be back on the market in Oct. here is the phone # I called if you would like to call. I think the more of us that call they will get this problem resolved quicker 800-821-8590 when I wanted to speak to one of there pharmacist I was on hold over 20 minutes so I gave up. But the recording told about the Klonopin and then I spoke to a live person. Hope this helps.

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Bonita B Says:

It was encouraging to learn that others are caught in the Klonopin shortage. I'm trying to take generic Xanax and am having very weird symptoms... dizziness, nausea, etc. I'll be in contact with the prescribing doctor today to see if I can get brand name.
Thanks to all for the feedback!

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Elizabeth Says:
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I had a call back from Roche which makes Klonopin. He told me they are hoping to start manufacturing again in October. After reading about everyone having to go to generic like me and experiencing headaches really helped me a lot . I have been having headaches now for about 2 months and they have been getting worse turning into Migraines so I have had to go to ER twice in less than a month for shots to try to stop the painful headaches but I still get them. So after researching time on this generic Klonopin it is making sense now that it is the generic flaring up these headaches. Be so glad when name brand comes back.

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sound4heaven Says:
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I called the last of July and was told they should have it back on the market to actually get it to distributors and have it filled October. I said that would mean it would have to be in production in September. She just told me that it has to do with regulatory control on one of the inactive ingredients. That if they don't follow though with testing on it, they wouldn't be able to manufacture it at all but assured me they had no plan to discontinue it. It's just a matter of time and it'll be back. I just pray it's back before I run out as it's the only thing that helps me and the generic doesn't work.

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Bonita B Says:

Thanks. I'll be picking up Rx for Xanax tomorrow. Hope it doesn't have too many side effects.

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Princess4725 Says:

I called the Number too and I would suggest anyone who needs brand name Klon's to call!! They keep saying October but can't be certain but something about a regulatory problem; I said you would think there would be a public announcement. If we can get as many people as possible to call, they'll know we mean business!

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Usta Says:

I called in July, twice in August, 9-5-14, and today 9-17-14. I talked to a pharmacist the last 3 times, they always say the same thing about the regulatory issue. Today I asked if it was in production yet. She said no. I then said, nicely, well it would have to be in production now for it to be available the first week of October wouldn't it? She said she did not know. I asked what the lag time from production starting to getting it to the pharmacies was and she said she did not know. I tried to get more information, asked if there was anyone that could tell me when production would start, or when the testing would be completed, and she said no. It seems to me that they would have to start production soon in order for it to be available in October? Everyone that needs it should call and maybe someone else can get more information than I have been able to get.

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Bonita B Says:

My doctor will not prescribe brand name for Atavan or Xanax, and I can't take generics which he prescribed earlier. Have been to the ER and treated for anxiety, low potassium, etc. I've decided to try to continue the withdrawal from the benzodiazipides (sp) as I just recently read a research report about the link to alzheimers. Perhaps it could be the issue or the component of Klonopin that's been reviewed by the FDA. I asked the person at Genentech whom I spoke with if they were using something from China. She said she had no information about that. I think I'll suffer thru this and take melatonin at night. Have a few Ambien remaining but not sure I'll take them all.

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Elizabeth Says:
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It is unavailable right now the manufactor hopes to have it back in production in October. It has not been discontinued, it is some type of manufacturing ingredient. Hope this helps , I too can't take the generic but have had too cause of this being back ordered right now. And yes I've had 3 migraines

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Sound4heaven Says:

Klonopin® Tablets

0.5 mg (NDC 0004-0068-01)

1.0 mg (NDC 0004-0058-01)

2.0 mg (NDC 0004-0098-01)

Genentech/Roche

Customer Number: 1 (877) GENENTECH (436-3683)

Klonopin is temporarily unavailable from Roche. Roche is projecting to resume supply of Klonopin tablets in October 2014. Generic clonazepam products are available on the market and there are no shortage issues.

I copied this straight from the FDA website on Drug Shortage where you type in the drug Klonopin and this is what I found.

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Bonita B Says:

True there are generic versions of Klonopin available but cannot take the generic. So it's tough trying new meds!

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usta Says:

Sound4heaven: I went to the FDA shortage site and did not find any information on Klonopin. It was not listed on the shortage list. How did you find that on their site? I find it strange that the FDA does not have it listed on the shortage list, ESPECIALLY since Genentech keeps saying it is due to a regulatory compliance issue with the FDA on testing of the materials used to produce the medication. I do not understand why Genentech would not know when production would start. If it is due to testing... When is the next scheduled test? Hopefully, someone else will call and get a nice person who will give us more information.

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usta Says:

I did find the information Sound4Heaven posted. It is not on the drug shortage list, but if you look at the top right search box on the FDA drugs website and type in ,Klonopin Roche 2014, it brings up titles to several articles, one of which is the one Sound4Heaven refers to. I do not think Genentech produces the drug, as I posted earlier, I found package inserts online that say the .5 mg is made in Switzerland and Distributed by Genentech. It was dated 12-2013, but I do not know if it is accurate. Just Google package insert klonopin.

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usta Says:

I think it is strange that Genentech does not know the date production will start. It may be produced at another Roche site, but Genentech is the distributor and if it is due to a compliance issue with testing, Then When is the next test date?? I called again today, same thing just the recording.... with same message. More people should call and maybe someone can get more information than me.

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Bonita B Says:

I spoke with person at Genentech, and it appears they do now produce it.

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gail Says:

I'm allergic to the generic what do I do?

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Sound4heaven Says:

Is it available to get a prescription refilled now?

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golfmom Says:

I just spoke with pharmacy, and they still show brand Klonopin unavailable until further notice.


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