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clonazepam (klonopin))

available over the counter: no

uses: seizure control;  control of anxiety and panic attacks

mechanism of action: depresses activity in the brain and spinal cord (by enhancing the effect of gamma-aminogutyric acid (GABA) which inhibits the firing of neurons)

side effects
• serious: difficulty concentrating,
• common: drowsiness, loss of coordination, unsteady gait
• less common: decreased sexual desire, false sense of well being, fatigue

concerns: do not stop abruptly;  taper dose per your physician

 

 

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