Klonopin may be prescribed to treat several conditions, including various types of epileptic seizures and panic disorder. As part of a group of medications called benzodiazepines, the drug works by enhancing the naturally calming effect of a certain brain chemical. It is available in the form of a tablet and orally disintegrating tablets, and is usually taken two or three times a day. Drowsiness, coordination problems, and behavior problems are some of the common side effects seen with Klonopin.
What Is Klonopin?Klonopin® (clonazepam) is a prescription medication approved to treat the following conditions:
- 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 for more information on what the drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)