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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.)

Who Makes Klonopin?

It is currently made by Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.
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