How Does Clonazepam Work?

Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is a medication commonly used for the treatment of panic disorder and certain types of epileptic seizures, including myoclonic seizures and absence seizures. It is available by prescription only and comes in the form of tablets and wafers (orally disintegrating tablets).
 
Many people may wonder, "How does it work?" Clonazepam is part of a group of medications called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines have various effects on the body, including:
 
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Causing sleepiness
  • Relaxing muscles
  • Stopping seizures
  • Impairing short-term memory.
     
All benzodiazepines can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. They work in the brain 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).
 
(Click Clonazepam for more information on how the medicine works, to learn about its specific effects, and to find out what side effects may occur with treatment.)
 
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