What Is Klonopin Used For?

Klonopin® (clonazepam) belongs to a class of medications known as benzodiazepines. These drugs are known to have several effects on the body, including relaxing muscles, reducing anxiety, stopping seizures, and causing sleepiness. But what is it used for, specifically?
The medication is used for treating epilepsy, a brain condition involving sudden, brief changes in the electrical system of the brain. There are over 30 different types of epileptic seizures. Klonopin is used to treat the following types of seizures:
  • Seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
  • 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 is also approved to treat panic disorder, a specific type of anxiety disorder. Sometimes, people deal with panic disorder by avoiding situations and places that may lead to a panic attack. This can lead people to avoid social interaction and can cause people to become "housebound" (this problem is known as agoraphobia). Klonopin is licensed to treat panic disorder in people with or without agoraphobia.
(Click Klonopin Uses to learn more about what the drug is used for, to find out if Klonopin can be used in children, and for information on how this medication works.)
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