What Klonopin Treats

What Klonopin Treats

Klonopin falls into the category of benzodiazepines, which have a relaxing and anticonvulsant effect on the body when a person is overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety or fear. For that reason, it has the ability to treat many ailments that bind people to a life consumed with panic. It is generally prescribed for short-term use because of its addictive qualities. Also, tolerance can develop if use is not monitored closely.

Klonopin for Panic Disorders

Klonopin is generally prescribed to treat:

  • Epilepsy
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Panic disorder

Agoraphobia is the fear of being in a setting where help may not be available, such as crowds, bridges or being outside alone. It can generally accompany a panic disorder, which is a specific type of anxiety disorder. People will deal with panic disorder by avoiding situations and places that may lead to a panic attack, which can cause them to avoid social interaction and become housebound. Klonopin is the brand name for clonazepam, which is approved to treat panic disorder and can be used to treat people with or without agoraphobia.

Klonopin for Epilepsy

Klonopin is sometimes used for unmanageable epilepsies; however, long-term use of the drug for epilepsy has considerable limitations. The most notable one is the loss of antiepileptic effects due to tolerance, which means the drug works less or not at all with long-term use.

There are over thirty different types of seizures a person with epilepsy may experience. Klonopin is used to treat the following types of seizures:

  • 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”

Other Issues Klonopin Treats

Many forms of parasomnia, a category of sleep disorders, are sometimes treated with Klonopin. Restless legs syndrome, acute and chronic, may be treated using Klonopin as a third line treatment option. Bruxism, characterized by grinding the teeth, also responds to Klonopin in short-term use. Rapid eye movement behavior disorder responds well to low doses of Klonopin.

Klonopin has shown itself to be highly effective as a short-term (three weeks) adjunct to SSRI treatment in obsessive-compulsive disorder and clinical depression in reducing SSRI side effects with the combination being superior to SSRI treatment alone.

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