Advertisement

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.

Continue Learning about Anti-anxiety

As an older adult, what should I know about taking anti-anxiety drugs?
Michael J. Mufson, MDMichael J. Mufson, MD
As we age, drugs tend to be metabolized and absorbed more slowly, lingering longer in the body. This...
More Answers
Can I drink alcohol if I take anti-anxiety medicine?
Dr. Daniel R. Spogen, MDDr. Daniel R. Spogen, MD
There are some anti-anxiety medicines that should definitely not be combined with alcohol. These wou...
More Answers
Are anti-anxiety medications used to treat bipolar disorder?
Ruth White, MPHRuth White, MPH
Anti-anxiety medications are often used to compliment mood stabilizers that regulate the moods of pe...
More Answers
What Are Some Risks of Anti-Anxiety Medications?
What Are Some Risks of Anti-Anxiety Medications?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.