An oral medication, clonazepam (Klonopin®) is a drug that is licensed to treat panic disorder and certain types of epileptic seizures. It is available by prescription only and is typically taken two to three times a day. There are two different forms of the medicine: oral disintegrating tablets and regular tablets.
Clonazepam is a type of benzodiazepine that appears to have several effects on the body, including reducing anxiety, relaxing muscles, stopping seizures, causing sleepiness, and impairing short-term memory. The medication works by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming and can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with clonazepam. However, when side effects occur, they are minor in most cases. Common side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Coordination problems
- Behavior problems.
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