Klonopin is a benzodiazepine, classified as an anti-epileptic or anti-convulsant drug. Klonopin tablets contain the active ingredient Clonazepam that has muscle relaxing, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic and sedative effects.
Today, 0.5mg, 1mg and 2mg Klonopin tablets are used to control:
- Seizures not related to epilepsy.
Klonopin appeared in the pharmaceutical market for more than 40 years ago and is still a popular anti-epileptic agent. The use of this drug has many advantages and few disadvantages.
Numerous clinical trials have confirmed the efficiency of Klonopin tablets in controlling all types of seizures, including:
- Generalized seizures.
- Status epilepticus.
- Non-epileptic seizures.
- Simple and complex partial seizures.
The drug is effective in cases where a patient is diagnosed with more than one type of epilepsy. Treatment will be useful, regardless of the severity of the symptoms and causes of the neurological disease.
Today,doctors distinguish more than 40 types of epileptic seizures. Klonopin can help people suffering from common forms of epileptic disease (e.g., temporal lobe epilepsy). The drug will also be useful for improving life quality of people with rare types of neurological conditions, including those with complex symptoms.
Calming, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic and muscle relaxing Klonopin effects can prevent the excessive activity of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex in:
- Teenagers and children.
- The elderly.
Anxiety and depression in adults can cause seizures, which in turn cause a strong depression. Klonopin helps adults break out of this vicious circle and get rid of mental or neurological conditions.
Klonopin is effective for the treatment of epilepsy in children and adolescents of all ages, including up to 1 year. Successful treatment will eliminate the negative impact of seizures over the social and psychological well-being of children and will contribute to performance improvement.
Epileptic disorders are possible in any age, but are most often foundin elderly people and children. Today, the average life expectancy is constantly increasing, and, therefore, the prevalence of epilepsy in people older than 65 years in creases, as well.
Klonopin can help control the epilepsy symptoms in the elderly, including when the disease is accompanied by a number of risk factors. Successful treatment will improve the length and quality of life.
Today, various drugs are used to control seizures, including those to be taken up to 4 times a day. Maintenance Klonopin doses can be taken once a day, which is very convenient for both adults and children at school.
To control the brain activity of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex in the most effective way, patients should follow the recommendations for Klonopin use:
- The initial daily dose is up to 1mg of Klonopin per day.
- The maintenance dose is 4-8mg once every 24 hours.
- The maintenance dose should be achieved within 14-28 days.
- The maximum dose is 20 mg with an interval of 24 hours.
To identify the optimal Klonopin dose, this antiepileptic should be administered orally, 3-4 times per day. When the maintenance dose is determined, it can be administered once a day, preferably in the evening.
The amount of Klonopin pills and frequency of their administration depend on the body weight and age. Elderly, adolescents, children, and infants should take lower doses, than adults should.
Contraindications and side effects.
Like other benzodiazepines, Klonopin should not be taken by patients with hypersensitivity to the substances that the drug contains. Never stop using Klonopin in sleep apnea, severe lung disease, chronic liver or neuromuscular diseases.
The list of Klonopin side effects includes allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, drowsiness, fatigue, restlessness, dizziness, cognitive impairment, disorientation, muscle weakness, incontinence, and double vision.
Most CNS or gastrointestinal side effects occur at the beginning of Klonopin use and are mild. Typically, these adverse reactions spontaneously disappear in a few days or with a decrease in the daily dose.