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Updated May 13, 2014


Klonopin (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of panic disorder.

How to Take Klonopin:

Klonopin is available as a tablet or an orally disintegrating tablet (wafer). Regular tablets should be taken with water, whereas wafers can be swallowed without water.

Dosage Guidelines:

The initial daily dosage of Klonopin for panic disorder is 0.5 mg to 1mg a day in divided dosages. The dose may be increased as needed. If you are taking Klonopin for social anxiety disorder (SAD), your doctor should initially prescribe a low dose for a limited period of time (such as one week) and then follow-up with an evaluation of its effectiveness, side effects and dosage adjustment.

Who Shouldn’t Take Klonopin:

You should not take Klonopin if you have a history of sensitivity to benzodiazepines, significant liver disease, or acute narrow angle glaucoma. Use of Klonopin while pregnant or breastfeeding is not advised. There is also no data on the safety or effectiveness of Klonopin in children under 18 years of age.

Medication Interactions:

There are a number of potential medication interactions with Klonopin including narcotics, barbituates, nonbarbituate hypnotics, antianxiety agents, phenothiazines, thioxanthene and butyrophenone classes of antipsychotic agents, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and tricyclic antidepressants. In addition, the effects of Klonopin may be intensified if combined with other drugs or alcohol. It is important that your doctor is aware of all medications that you are currently taking.

Side Effects:

The most common side effects of taking Klonopin are somnolence, dizziness, and cognitive impairment. These effects generally increase with larger doses and for older individuals.

Associated Risks:

In general, there is some risk of physical and psychological dependence when taking Klonopin. If you stop taking Klonopin suddenly you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Be sure to follow your doctor's directions for discontinuing this medication or changing your dose.

The consequences of overdose are not life threatening unless combined with other drugs or alcohol.

Driving, operating dangerous machinery, and participating in hazardous activities should not be undertaken until you know how you will react to Klonopin.

Other Anxiety Medications:


Roche Laboratories. Klonopin: Complete Product Information. Accessed January 14, 2008.

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