Klonopin is a prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat seizure disorders. Klonopin is most often used to treat absence seizures, myoclonic seizures, and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. Klonopin is also known by its drug name, clonazepam.
Klonopin is a member of the benzodiazepine class of drugs. Benzodiazepines are used to treat seizures, anxiety, and muscle spasms, and as a premedication for anesthesia. It is believed that Klonopin works in cases of epilepsy by inhibiting nerve signals.
How do I take it?
Klonopin is taken orally as a traditional tablet or an orally disintegrating tablet one to three times each day. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you are certain you understand how Klonopin affects you.
Drinking alcohol while taking Klonopin can intensify some side effects.
Do not suddenly stop taking Klonopin. If you decide to stop taking Klonopin, consult your doctor for a plan to taper off your dose gradually.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Klonopin.
Klonopin is habit-forming.
In people who have more than one type of seizure disorder, Klonopin can promote the incidence of tonic-clonic seizures.
Common side effects of Klonopin include drowsiness, dizziness, abnormal coordination, depression, memory changes, nervousness, reduced cognitive functioning, upper respiratory tract infection, coughing, constipation, and abdominal pain.
Call your doctor if you experience depression, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, unusual bruising or bleeding, yellowing of the skin or eyes, sores in the mouth or throat, or signs of infection such as fever or a persistent cough while taking Klonopin.
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