Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is a prescription medicine commonly used for treating panic disorder and certain types of epileptic seizures, including absence seizures, akinetic seizures, and myoclonic seizures. It comes in the form of tablets and wafers (orally disintegrating tablets), and is typically taken two or three times a day.
As a benzodiazepine medication, clonazepam works by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why clonazepam and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
Before you start taking the drug, information on clonazepam should be reviewed with your healthcare provider to help minimize risks and ensure a safe treatment process. For example, it is important to know that clonazepam is a controlled substance that can cause physical and psychological dependence. This medication may not be the best choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
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