Klonopin (Clonazepam)

Klonopin is the brand name for the drug Clonazepam. Klonopin is used to treat certain types of seizures, panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), akathisia or a constant need for movement, which is a common side effect of anti-psychotics. Clonazepam is also used to treat catatonic reactions, where a person will not move or speak at all or abnormally. Klonopin is a class of medication called benzodiaspeines; it is used to decrease abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

To successfully take Klonopin you must follow the directions given to you by your doctor or the prescription directions for best results. It is usually taken by mouth in a quick dissolve tablet. Be sure to make sure you understand all the directions clearly before you ingest the tablet. Generally doctors will start patients out on a low dosage and gradually increase it to find the correct dosage per patient basis. Klonopin will not cure your condition; it will only relieve and control symptoms. Talk to your doctor before you stop taking Klonopin.

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Klonopin (Clonazepam); also tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications. Klonopin (Clonazepam) has several side effects. If these symptoms are serious or do not stop contact your doctor immediately:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • unsteadiness
  • problems with coordination
  • difficulty thinking or remembering
  • increased saliva
  • muscle or joint pain
  • frequent urination
  • blurred vision
  • changes in sex drive or ability

Some side effects are serious and if any of these symptoms occur contact your doctor at once:

  • rash
  • hives
  • swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • hoarseness
  • difficulty breathing

Klonopin has similar side effects to Lamictal. Some of the Lamictal side effects include:

  • double vision
  • dizziness
  • problems in coordination
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • blurred vision
  • vomiting

If there are any side effects that you experience please tell your doctor or contact the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Be sure to keep Klonopin stored out of the reach of children in a secure container. Keep away from excess heat and moisture, namely sore this somewhere out of the bathroom.

Do not overdose on this medication, if you do call the poison control center for your area. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing call emergency medical personnel by dialing 911. Overdose symptoms may include:

  • drowsiness
  • confusion
  • coma (loss of consciousness for a period of time)

If you have any questions about if Klonopin is right for you talk to you doctor.