What are the dosages available for Klonopin?
Klonopin belongs to benzodiazepine category of drugs that affects brain chemicals which is responsible for causing the unbalanced state or panic attack. The drug is highly potent and it is said to effectively cure anxiety and panic disorders. It is also suitable for curing seizure disorder in children. One needs to take professional help in case you need to use Klonopin for treating anxiety or seizure as the drug is known for habit forming. It works in CNS or Central Nervous System and gives a calming effect, so, with prolonged use one may develop tolerance and need to take a higher dosage of drug to feel the normal effect. Hence, it is important to know which is best for your condition.
List of various dosages of Klonopin available is,
These dosages are prescribed depending upon how much is needed for the treatment and it is recommended that max. of 2 mg/day for treating seizure and 4 mg/day for anxiety to avoid Klonopin tolerance.
How are various Klonopin dosages used differently for treating anxiety and seizure?
The treatment differs from both seizure and anxiety so does the dosage. When it comes to seizure, Klonopin is specifically prescribed for children as it is a powerful drug, using correct moderation is vital. For children below 10 years or below 30 kg only 0.01 to 0.03 mg/kg/day is used that can be given in three splits which should not exceed max. 0.05 mg/kg/day. For others, the dose will be initially given as 1.5 mg/day in three intervals and gradually increased. The maximum preferable limit is 20 mg.
In case of panic attacks, initially for adults, it is 0.25 mg/day that will be increased in regular period for optimal effects. Some have good reaction with higher dosage up to 4 mg as per doctor instructions. Usually, it will be increased from 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg in the interval of the third day until the optimum level is reached.
What should one avoid when under Klonopin treatment?
It is also necessary to avoid taking the drug along with other ongoing treatment for sleeping, narcotic pain relief. Ask your doctor whether you can take the treatment along with other drugs. It is common to experience drowsiness, memory problems or in coordination during the initial stage of treatment. It is also advisable not to do works that require concentration like driving, working in machinery as the drug impairs your reaction and decision making. One should take a break until the initial symptoms fade off. But if the symptoms continue, ask your doctor to revise the dosage level.
When you miss a dose, directly take next one at the scheduled time, don’t combine the missed one with regular as it may lead to overdose. One cannot easily discontinue the treatment as Klonopin is known to show withdrawal symptoms. It is best to decrease the dosage in levels until one needs to stop the treatment. The drug has been used s short-term cure and there is no exact reference to long-term effects of the drug.