What Does Klonopin Treat?

Klonopin® (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine medication that has several effects on the body, including reducing anxiety, causing sleepiness, relaxing muscles, stopping seizures, and impairing short-term memory. But what can it treat?
This prescription drug is licensed to treat panic disorder and epilepsy. Specifically, Klonopin is used for treating certain types of epileptic seizures, such as:
  • 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."
Klonopin can also sometimes be used "off-label" for insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, restless legs syndrome (RLS), or other types of anxiety (other than panic disorder).
(Click Klonopin Uses for more information on what the drug is used to treat, to find out how Klonopin works, and to learn about the use of this drug in children.)
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