Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is a prescription drug licensed to treat panic disorder and epileptic seizures. It is a type of benzodiazepine medication that works by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a naturally calming brain chemical that can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain.
Clonazepam comes in two different forms: tablets and wafers (orally disintegrating tablets). The medicine is taken by mouth, typically two or three times a day. In order for clonazepam to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication may cause serious problems if you take it in higher dosages or for a longer period of time than your healthcare provider recommends (see Klonopin Addiction).
The two types of pills are available in the following strengths:
- Clonazepam 0.5 mg tablets
- Clonazepam 1 mg tablets
- Clonazepam 2 mg tablets
- Clonazepam 0.125 mg wafers
- Clonazepam 0.25 mg wafers
- Clonazepam 0.5 mg wafers
- Clonazepam 1 mg wafers
- Clonazepam 2 mg wafers.
(Click Clonazepam to learn more about the specific effects of this medication, to find out what side effects may occur with clonazepam, and for important warnings related to the drug.)