A healthcare provider may prescribe clonazepam to treat several types of epileptic seizures, as well as panic disorder. The medication is taken by mouth, usually two or three times a day. Clonazepam is available as a tablet or a wafer (an orally disintegrating tablet) and can be taken with or without food. Possible side effects include drowsiness, coordination problems, and behavior problems.
What Is Clonazepam?Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is a prescription medication approved to treat the following conditions:
- Seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (a severe form of epilepsy)
- Akinetic seizures (also known as atonic seizures), which are characterized by a sudden loss of muscle tone, causing "drop attacks"
- Myoclonic seizures, which are characterized by sudden, brief muscle jerks
- Absence seizures, which are characterized by brief periods of decreased awareness or "spacing out."
(Click What Is Clonazepam Used For? for more information on what the drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)