Klonopin for Epilepsy

Klonopin® (clonazepam) is a prescription medicine commonly used for treating panic disorder. Healthcare providers also often prescribe Klonopin for epilepsy, to treat various types of epileptic seizures.
Epilepsy is a brain condition involving sudden, brief changes in the electrical system of the brain. These brain activity changes can lead to seizures (see Epilepsy Symptoms). Depending on which part of the brain is affected, seizures may affect the person's consciousness, body movements, emotions, or senses. In over half of all cases, the cause of epilepsy is not known.
There are over 30 different types of seizures that a person with epilepsy may experience. Klonopin is used to treat the following types of seizures:
  • Seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (a severe form of epilepsy)
  • Akinetic seizures (also known as atonic seizures), which are characterized by a sudden loss of muscle tone, causing "drop attacks"
  • Myoclonic seizures, which are characterized by sudden, brief muscle jerks
  • Absence seizures, which are characterized by brief periods of decreased awareness or "spacing out."
(Click Klonopin Uses to learn more about treating epilepsy with Klonopin, for information on how this drug is used for treating panic disorder, and to learn about possible "off-label" uses for the medication.)
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