What is clonazepam?

Clonazepam (Klonopin) is an anti-anxiety medication that is prescription only, and is tightly regulated as a controlled substance. It is usually prescribed to relieve panic attacks, extreme anxiety, movement problems (also called akathisias) and seizures.

It works by modifying electrical impulses in the central nervous system, especially the brain. It is in the drug class called the benzodiazepines. There has been some concern about addiction with benzodiazepines, particularly clonazepam.

It may be prescribed by a psychiatrist, neurologist, family medicine or internal medicine physician or some other physician practitioner.

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