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Klonopin is generically prescribed as clonazepam. It is commonly used to treat the symptoms of panic disorders and seizure disorders. Klonopin is a member of the family of medications known as benzodiazepines. Klonopin affects chemicals in the brain that are likely to be unbalanced in these disorders.

Klonopin should not be universally prescribed and a thorough medical history should be evaluated prior to prescribing this medication. Patients with a medical history which includes kidney disease, liver disease, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, other respiratory diseases, and depression or suicidal thoughts may not be able to take Klonopin or may simply require careful monitoring while undergoing drug therapy with this medication, depending on the condition and the severity of the condition. Klonopin should not be suddenly stopped, and this may cause problems in patients with certain health problems.

The American Food and Drug Administration rated Klonopin as a pregnancy risk category D. Klonopin has been proven to cause harm or birth defects in unborn babies. Klonopin has also bee determined to pass through the mother’s breast milk and cause negative effects to a nursing baby. The prescribing physician should not prescribe this medication to women who are pregnant or who are nursing. This medication should also be avoided in women with a high likelihood of becoming pregnant.

Klonopin should always be taken as it has been prescribed. If the patient misses a dose, then that dose should be taken as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then the missed dose should simply be skipped to avoid any risk of an overdose. An overdose is likely to present with symptoms which include dizziness, the appearance and sensation of being drunk, drowsiness, confusion, slowed heart rate, difficulty breathing, difficulty with walking and talking, unconsciousness, and in rare cases coma or death, and require immediate emergency medical intervention. The patient should never take more medication than has been prescribed and should never take a double dose of Klonopin.

As with any medication, there is a risk of side effects associated with Klonopin, some of which may be severe. All allergic reactions and severe side effects require immediate emergency medical treatment. An allergic reaction will present with symptoms which include facial swelling, including swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, hives, and difficulty breathing. Other serious side effects requiring immediate medical intervention include worsening seizures, jaundice or yellowing of the skin or eyes, hallucinations, severe confusion, and changes in vision.

Less serious side effects are not critical and do not require emergency medical treatment. Reporting these side effects to the prescribing physician can help them determine the best dosage, as some side effects can be alleviated by lowering the dose of Klonopin. Less serious side effects include dizziness, poor coordination, drowsiness, increased salivation and drooling, nervousness, depression, and constipation.

Other medications may negatively interact with Klonopin and a thorough medical evaluation is required to avoid this potentially deadly factor. All patients should never hesitate to contact the prescribing physician before taking any new medications, including over the counter medications and vitamin or herbal supplementation. Medications with a known interaction to Klonopin include alcoholic beverages, sedatives, cold medicines, narcotic pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and any other medication which is likely to increase the patient’s drowsiness. If Klonopin has been taken for longer than 5 days it should not be suddenly stopped if at all possible. Doing so will create adverse effects that may require medical treatment.

Klonopin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of klonopin


• Molecular formula of klonopin 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
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Generic name: Clonazepam

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

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