Clonopin review

Clonopin belongs to a group of medication called benzodiazepine, which includes diazepam or Valium and flurazepam. Clonopin enhances the effects of the GABA neurotransmitter, inhibiting activity in the brain.

Adults and children with various types of seizures, such as akinetic, petit mal, and myoclonus seizure, may take Clonopin. It is also effective for relieving short-term anxiety symptoms. This medication can be used to complement other medications for seizure disorders.

Dosage of Clonopin depends on the patient and the condition being treated. Adults suffering from seizures take 1.5 milligrams three times a day. The dose can be increased up to 1 milligram daily until the seizures are controlled. For patients with panic disorders the initial dose is .25 milligrams twice a day. The dose can be increased up to 1 milligram a day after 3 days.

The most common side effect is sedation. Almost half the patients taking Clonopin have experienced sedation, while 1/3 experience dizziness, unsteadiness, and weakness. Other side effects include cephalalgia, laboriousy in sleeping, loss of orientation and depression.

Clonopin can result in physical dependence, which is typical with all benzodiazepines. Patients who suddenly stop taking the medication may feel side effects such as insomnia and agitation. Patients taking Clonopin for a longer period than prescribed may experience muscle cramping, seizure, vomiting, tremors, and sweating.

Like most antiepileptic medications, Clonopin results in an increased risk of patients having a suicidal behavior. Patients who use Clonopin should balance the risk with the clinical requirement for antiepileptic medication.

Clonopin heightens the effects of medications that slow down the brain processes including alcohol, narcotics, and barbiturates.

Pregnant women should not take Clonopin since it has been linked to fetal damage especially in the first few months of the pregnancy. Most physicians discourage pregnant women from taking Clonopin throughout their pregnancy.

Before taking Clonopin, patients should tell their physicians if they have any allergy especially to benzodiazepines such as lorazepam and diazepam. Patients with liver illness, glaucoma, medication dependency, kidney illness, breathing disorder, and mental disorder should discuss their condition with their physician before agreeing to take this medication.

Taking Clonopin may make a patient dizzy or drowsy, so be cautious when driving or operating machinery. The elderly are also more susceptible to the side effects of Clonopin, most notably confusion and drowsiness.

Clonopin can have serious negative interactions with sodium oxybate. If a patient is presently taking this medication, he or she must immediately inform their physician before beginning to take Clonopin. Patients should also tell their physicians all of the medications - whether prescription or non-prescription - that they are taking.

Anti-depressants including fluoxetine, nefazodone, fluvoxamine can also have interactions with Clonopin. Other medications that result in drowsiness such as antihistamines, anti-anxiety, and anti-seizure medications may interact negatively with Clonopin.

Clonopin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of clonopin

• Molecular formula of clonopin is C15H10ClN3O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 6-(2-chlorophenyl)-9-nitro-2,5-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undeca-5,8,10,12-tetraen-3-one
• Molecular weight is 315.711 g/mol
Clonopin available : 0.5mg tablets, 1mg tablets, 2mg tablets

Generic name: Clonazepam

Brand name(s): Antelepsin, Antilepsin, Chlonazepam, Cloazepam, Clonazepamum, Iktorivil, Klonopin, Landsen, Rivotril

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