Epilepsy Home > What Is Klonopin Prescribed For?

Klonopin® (clonazepam) is part of a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines have several effects on the body, including:
 
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Causing sleepiness
  • Relaxing muscles
  • Stopping seizures
  • Impairing short-term memory.
     
All medicines in this category can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. This may still cause many people to wonder, "What is Klonopin prescribed for?"
 
The drug is prescribed for the treatment of panic disorder and various types of epileptic seizures. Specifically, it is used to treat absence seizures, myoclonic seizures, akinetic seizures, and seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (a severe form of epilepsy).
 
Occasionally, healthcare providers may also recommend Klonopin for "off-label" uses. It is sometimes prescribed off-label for the treatment of restless legs syndrome (RLS), insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, or other types of anxiety (other than panic disorder).
 
(Click Klonopin Uses for more information on what the drug is prescribed for, for details on how Klonopin works for panic disorder or epilepsy, and to find out if this medicine is approved for use in children.)
 
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