Klonopin is the brand name for clonazepam. It was initially approved as an anticonvulsant in 1997 and is commonly used for treating anxiety and panic disorder. Clonazepam is a prescription medication which is available both as a generic drug and under the brand name Klonopin. Clonazepam is a derivative of the benzodiazepine class, which includes Xanax and Valium. Heres how Clonazepam works: GABA is a neurotransmitter found in the brain.When the brain becomes over-excited, GABA acts to inhibit this excitement.When clonazepam enters the brain, it binds to a receptor on GABA. This creates a powerful inhibitory effect, causing sedation and reducing anxiety. Clonazepam is commonly prescribed to treat convulsions and tics. Those with anxiety disorder or panic attacks can also benefit from clonazepam. Klonopin can be taken orally via tablets, quick dissolving wafers, or a liquid solution. Clonazepam comes in dosages from point two five milligrams to two point five milligrams and can also be administered via injection. Due to clonazepams euphoric side effects, the potential for addiction is high. Only take this medication as prescribed by your doctor and never stop taking it suddenly. The most common side effects of clonazepam are relatively mild, and include drowsiness and impaired motor function. Ask your doctor for a complete list. Also, be sure to tell your physician immediately if you experience excessive levels of emotion, like rage or excitement, or any other significant changes. Clonazepam should never be taken in conjunction with alcohol or other depressants of the nervous system. Ask your doctor for a full list of medications and conditions that should not be combined with clonazepam. Because of its anticonvulsant and calming effects, Klonopin can be helpful for patients dealing with anxiety disorder. However, it should always be used under the direct care of a physician. Please ask for and review all of the information provided by your doctor before taking this medication. The information in this video is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise of your physician. Always consult your doctor before using this drug.
Last Updated:December 20, 2012