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ARTICLE RELATED DISEASES IMAGES & QUIZZES INDEX Tips to Fast Stress Relief Take the Panic Attacks Quiz! Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Slideshow GENERIC NAME: clonazepamBRAND NAME: Klonopin

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Clonazepam is used for:

The treatment of panic disorder Certain types of seizures, specifically petit mal seizures, akinetic seizures, and myoclonus, as well as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Clonazepam maybe used alone or together with other medications for these seizure disorders. The short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most common side effects associated with clonazepam are sedation, which is reported in approximately half of patients. Dizziness is reported in one-third of patients.

Other common side effects include:

A feeling of depression, Loss of orientation, Headache, Weakness, Unsteadiness, and Sleep disturbance Lack of inhibition Fatigue Amnesia Confusion Changes in sexual desire Rash Irritability

Other serious side effects of clonazepam include:

Respiratory depression Fainting Enlarged liver Withdrawal symptoms (if stopped suddenly) Increased heart rate Low blood pressure Blood disorders

Other serious adverse reactions:

Antiepileptic medications have been associated with an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. Anyone considering the use of antiepileptic drugs must balance this risk of suicide with the clinical need for the antiepileptic drug. Patients who begin antiepileptic therapy should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidal thoughts or unusual changes in behavior.

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