Part of a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, Klonopin® (clonazepam) is used to treat panic disorder and various types of epileptic seizures. Even though most people do not experience any problems while taking the drug, safety information for this product should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins.
Since Klonopin can worsen certain medical conditions, it is important that you tell your healthcare provider about all other existing conditions you have before starting treatment, including liver or kidney disease, depression, breathing problems, or glaucoma. You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, to help prevent drug interactions. Because Klonopin has significant abuse potential, it should not be prescribed to people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
Klonopin may also cause a number of side effects. Some of the common side effects that have been reported with this medication include speech problems, decreased sex drive, drowsiness, and sinus infections. Side effects of Klonopin are often mild and, in most cases, either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(Click Klonopin Side Effects and Klonopin Warnings and Precautions for more information about the safety of Klonopin, including a more detailed list of potential side effects and warnings on who should not use this drug.)