Stress Medications

Clonazepam (Klonopin): A Prescription Medication for Stress Related Symptoms

Clonazepam is a stress medication that belongs to the benzodiazepine family. This stress medication is used to control various symptoms of stress and is also used to treat certain seizures.

Prescription medication
Clonazepam is not an over the counter drug. You would need a doctor's prescription to obtain this stress and anti anxiety medication.

Benefits
This stress and anti anxiety medication is primarily used to treat numerous symptoms of anxiety. It is specifically used to treat various seizure disorders. Petit mal seizures, akinetic seizures, and myoclonus are some of the disorders that can be treated using this medication. It is also used to treat panic attacks. Clonazepam has a calming effect on the body as it enhances a chemical known as GABA.

Safety status
Clonezapam has numerous side effects. Some of the most common side effects of this stress medication include sedation, dizziness, weakness and an unsteady feeling. The medicine may also lead to headache, sleep disturbance, depression and other side effects in some cases. However, these side effects are relatively rare.

Like several other stress medications, Clonazepam is also a habit forming drug. Users of this medicine experience numerous side effects when they stop using it. Sudden stopping of the usage of this medication can cause muscle cramping, tremors, vomiting and sweating. It is for this reason that the dosage of this medication is gradually reduced before it is completely discontinued.

Usage

The use of this medication varies from one individual to the other. Initially, adults are administered with 1.5 mg daily in 3 divided doses. This dosage may be gradually increased. However, the maximum recommended dosage of this stress medication is 20 mg daily.

When using this medication, make sure that you take it at the same time of the day. Also, do not stop using this medicine before consulting a doctor. If you experience any side effects, consult a doctor at the earliest.

Storage
Make sure that you store the tablets at room temperature that ranges between 15° and 30°C. Keep out of the reach of children.

Availability
This stress medication is available under the brand name of Klonopin and is available in tablet form of concentration 0.5, 1 and 2 mg. Clonazepam is also available in the form of disintegrating tablets in 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, 1, and 2 mg.

Precautions and contraindications
* Pregnant women should not use Clonazepam. This stress medication is known to cause fetal damage and may lead to various malformations in the to-be-born if taken during the first trimester.
* Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid using this medicine as the medicine is known to get dissolved in the breast milk.
* It increases the effect of drugs that slow the functioning of the brain.