Klonopin® (clonazepam) is a medication used for treating epilepsy and panic disorder. Specifically, it is approved to treat symptoms of panic disorder and certain types of epileptic seizures. There are currently two different forms of the drug: orally disintegrating Klonopin tablets (wafers) and regular Klonopin tablets. Both forms are typically taken two or three times a day, depending on the particular condition being treated.
Part of a class of medications known as benzodiazepines, Klonopin works in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why Klonopin and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Klonopin. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this medication include drowsiness, behavior problems, and coordination problems. When side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and easy to treat.
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