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Clonazepam for Epilepsy

Clonazepam for epilepsyEpilepsy is a neurological condition that affects the nervous system. It is diagnosed when a person experiences at least two seizures that are not the result of another condition, alcohol withdrawal, or extremely low blood sugar. Most of the time, the cause of epilepsy is unknown but can be credited to a brain injury or family history. Children may be born with a developmental defect that causes the brain to not function properly, allowing seizures to occur. If there is brain injury from an accident, the seizures may not immediately be present; but months after the accident, epilepsy could develop. A diagnosis of epilepsy is not correlated with any certain type of seizure. The frequency, intensity, and duration of the seizures are not specific to the diagnosis either.

Clonazepam for the Treatment of Seizures

Clonazepam (also known by the brand name Klonopin) is a central nervous system depressant that can be used as a preventative treatment for epilepsy. Clonazepam can be prescribed alone or in addition to other medications for the management of seizures. The following are several types of seizures that may be treated with clonazepam:

  • Absence seizures: characterized by the patient having moments of being unaware or “spacing out”
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome: a severe form of epilepsy
  • Akinetic seizure or “atonic” seizure: characterized by sudden loss of muscle control where the person will have a “drop attack”
  • Myoclonic seizure: characterized by sudden muscle jerks or spasms

The treatment of epilepsy with clonazepam is controversial because of the dependence that may rapidly form with usage of the drug. Tolerance can develop in as quickly as a few weeks. This may cause users to take a higher dosage in order to feel the original effects of the drug, increasing the chance of serious side effects. The hazards of taking higher doses of clonazepam may outweigh the benefits.

When clonazepam is prescribed for the treatment of epilepsy, the dosage is usually 1.5mg daily, divided into three doses. Daily dosage may be increased by .5mg to 1mg more until the seizures are controlled or until the dosage becomes unsafe due to the risk of serious side effects. Studies have shown that with photosensitive epilepsy, myoclonic jerks, and tonic-clonic convulsions, clonazepam has provided positive results in treatment.

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