Clonazepam belongs to a class of drug called benzodiazepine. Known as an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug, it works by it works by calming the brain nerves.
Clonazepam is used to prevent and control seizures (including absence seizures or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome) in adults and children.
Clonazepam is also used to treat panic disorder (including agoraphobia) in adults
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How to take Clonazepam
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking clonazepam and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 2 or 3 times daily.
Dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment.
For children, the dose is also based on weight.
Older adults usually start with a lower dose to decrease the risk of side effects.
Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer time than directed.
Usual Adult Dose for Seizure Prophylaxis
1.5 mg orally per day divided into 3 doses; this may be increased in increments of 0.5 mg to 1 mg every 3 days until seizures are adequately controlled or until side effects preclude any further increase.
-Maximum dose: 20 mg/day
Usual Adult Dose for Panic Disorder
Initial dose: 0.25 mg orally 2 times per day
Maintenance dose: 1 mg orally per day
Maximum dose: 4 mg/day
Important information before taking this medication
Do not take clonazepam if you have:
severe liver disease
A history of allergic reaction to any benzodiazepine, such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide, Valium(diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), flurazepam, and others.
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