What Clonazepam Treats
Clonazepam works by affecting chemicals in the brain that have become imbalanced. It is mainly used to treat seizures and anxiety disorders.
Clonazepam for Seizures
People who have epilepsy can often be associated with over thirty different types of seizures. The following 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
Although clonazepam can be highly effective for these types of seizures, it is usually only effective for acute symptoms. Because clonazepam is a type of benzodiazepine, patients using the drug can develop a tolerance over time, thus making the drug ultimately useless.
Clonazepam for Anxiety Disorders
There are many different types of anxiety disorders, but panic disorder—which is characterized by panic attacks—is one that may be effectively treated with Clonazepam. People who experience panic attacks may become withdrawn and “housebound” because of their fear of social interaction. This type of disorder is known as agoraphobia.
Off-label Treatment with Clonazepam
Like many prescriptions that are out there, doctors and medical practitioners will prescribe clonazepam to treat different problems that it was not originally designed for. Although clonazepam may not be particularly intended for some ailments, certain characteristics of its chemical makeup are believed to be effective in regard to the following:
- Bipolar disorders
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Multifocal Tic disorder
- Parkinsonian dysarthria
It may be noted that uses of clonazepam for these conditions may or may not be approved by the FDA.
Are You Addicted to Clonazepam?
Clonazepam (also known by the brand name Klonopin) is one of the most widespread and readily available drugs today. Continual use can result in physical and psychological damage and dependence.
There are thousands of people who have abused drugs, gone through treatment, and now live normal, healthy lives. If you or someone you know is a consistent, long-time clonazepam user, he or she may already be dependent on the drug.
There is hope. Please call our toll free number today at (877) 345-3279. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about clonazepam addiction treatment. We are here to help.