Klonopin is antiepileptic medical drug which contains the active ingredient Clonazepam.
According to the chemical structure Klonopin is similar to benzodiazepines and has similar therapeutic properties. It provides a general relaxing, sedative, and anticonvulsive pharmacological action.
It is clinically proved that the use of Klonopin reduces the amount and intensity of the epileptic attacks. The action of Clonazepam occurs due to the increase of the activity of certain aminoacids which decrease the excitability of the central nervous system and brain.
The peak of the therapeutic activity of Klonopin begins quickly, within 1-2 hours after the use. Unlike identical anticonvulsive products Klonopin acts for a long time within 18-20 hours, and therefore a pill is enough for a day.
The optimal safe daily dose of Klonopin is 8-10 mg for adults but up to 20 mg a day is allowed for acute conditions of epilepsy.
In pediatrics lower doses of Klonopin 1-6 mg are used depending on the age of a child, body weight, and intensity of the epilepsy symptoms. The treatment lasts within a long period of time and a clinical image of the patient is constantly controlled.
In the process of the treatment, patients are prohibited alcohol consumption or drugs containing ethanol, because it may lower the efficiency of the treatment or cause unwanted side effects.
The side effects appear seldom and only at the beginning of the treatment. Taking Klonopin patients may feel fatigue, headache, sleepiness, dry mouth, and nausea. The reduction of the dose will reduce the intensity of the side effects.
A sudden termination of Klonopin may result in epileptic attacks and also severe side effects. The treatment is finished gradually.