Klonopin® (clonazepam) is a prescription medicine approved for treating various types of epileptic seizures. Although most people respond well to this medication, it is possible to develop side effects during the treatment process. If you develop any side effects or do not feel that your condition is improving, talk to your healthcare provider about alternatives to Klonopin.
A number of other medications can be used to treat epilepsy. Some recent drugs that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved and that can be used as a Klonopin alternative include:
- Felbatol® (felbamate)
- Neurontin® (gabapentin)
- Lamictal® (lamotrigine)
- Topamax® (topiramate)
- Gabitril® (tiagabine)
- Diastat® (diazepam)
- Lyrica® (pregabalin).
When a person starts a new epilepsy medication, it is important to tailor the dosage to achieve the best results. People's bodies react to medicines in different and sometimes unpredictable ways, so it may take time to find the right drug at the right dose to provide optimal control of seizures while minimizing side effects.
(Click Epilepsy Medication for more information about other medications that can be used as alternatives to Klonopin, to learn about the effectiveness of these medicines, and to find out when treatment for epilepsy typically stops.)