Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is a medication that can be prescribed to treat various types of epileptic seizures, including absence seizures, akinetic seizures, myoclonic seizures, and more. It is also approved to treat panic disorder in people with or without agoraphobia.
There are two different forms of the drug: wafers (orally disintegrating tablets) and tablets. Clonazepam is taken by mouth, typically two to three times a day. Your healthcare provider will recommend an appropriate clonazepam dosage for your situation based on the specific condition being treated, your age, existing medical conditions you may have, and other medications you are currently taking.
Clonazepam is type of benzodiazepine medicine that 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).
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