Klonopin Treatment and Use
Klonopin | Rivotril is a benzoadiazepine tablet manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals that is primarily used to treat seizures and panic disorder.
What does Klonopin do?
Klonopin interacts with the central nervous system by stimulating neurotransmitters found in the brain, known as GABA receptors. GABA receptors suppress the action of signals in the brain that can cause feelings of stress or anxiety.
Klonopin is administered in both tablet and orally disintegrating wafer forms. The tablet is available in 0.5mg, 1.0 mg, and 2.0 doses and the wafer is available in 0.125mg, 0.25mg, 0.5 mg, 1.0mg, and 2.0 mg doses.
- Adults with Seizure Disorders: The first dosage should not be over 1.5mg a day. Every 3 days, dosage can increase .5mg to 1.omg until the seizures are under control. This maintenance dose will vary from patient to patient. The daily dose must not exceed 20mg a day.
- Pediatric Patients with Seizure Disorders: For infants and children up to 10 years old or 30 kg weight, the first dose should be between .01mg and .03 mg per kg a day divided into two or three doses, but do not exceed .05mg a day. Every 3 days, dosage should not be increased more than 0.25mg to 0.5mg until a daily dose of 0.1mg to o.2mg per kg of weight is reached. Ideally, doses should be divided into three times a day but if there must be one dose, take before bed.
Note: There is currently no clinical trial experience with Clonazepam in Geriatric patients ages 65+.
- Adults with Panic Disorders: The first dosage is typically .25mg a day. Most patients can progress to the optimal dosage of 1.mg a day after the first three days. If patient does not improve from optimal dosage, then dose can be increased 0.125mg to 0.25mg every 3 days until panic symptoms are under control or until 4.0mg a day is reached.
Caution: If discontinuing Klonopin, lower dose 0.125mg every 3 days until completely withdrawn.
Note: There are currently no clinical trials for panic disorder patients under 18 years of age and over 65.
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