Klonopin (Clonazepam)

General Information

Klonopin (Clonazepam) is indicated to prevent and control seizures. This medication is known as an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug. This may also be used to treat panic attacks and anxiety. 

How does Klonopin (Clonazepam) work?

Klonopin (Clonazepam) is quickly and totally absorbed after oral administration. It is believed to be related to its ability to enhance the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). In which, it is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. This medication helps to calm your nerves and brain. 

Why use Klonopin (Clonazepam)?

Klonopin (Clonazepam) belongs to the class of medications called benzodiazepines. Clonazepam is the generic version of Klonopin. This medication is often offered referred to as sedatives or tranquilizers due to their sedating, calming, and tranquilizing effect. This available as scored tablets containing 0.5mg of Clonazepam. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this treatment in the year 1998. 

How to use Klonopin (Clonazepam)?

The recommended dosage and dosing schedule is based on your condition and response.

Klonopin (Clonazepam) is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is usually taken 2 to 3 times a day. An older adult usually starts with a lower dose to decrease the risk of side effects. Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Take it at the same time each day or exactly as directed by your doctor. To avoid some complications, do not double the prescribed dosage. 

What are the side-effects of Klonopin (Clonazepam)?

Common side effects of Klonopin (Clonazepam):

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Problems with thinking or memory
  • Dry mouth
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Loss of orientation
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Slurred speech
  • Sore gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation

Call your doctor right away if these happen:

  • Severe drowsiness
  • Aggression, confusion, hallucinations
  • Shallow or weak breathing
  • Pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest
  • Unusual changes in mood or behavior
  • Unusual or involuntary eye movements
  • Thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself
  • New or worsening seizures

Warnings and Precautions

  • You should talk to your doctor first to know the risks and benefits of this medication.
  • Let your doctor if you have any allergies, medical history, or current treatments.
  • Do not share this or any of your medications with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
  • If you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning to get pregnant, consult your doctor first.
  • Keep this away from the reach of children.