Klonopin is a benzodiazepine that has been found to be incredibly effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders, insomnia, and epilepsy. Its efficacy in treating these conditions stems from the calming and sedative properties it exhibits due to its ability to increase the neurotransmitter GABA within the brain. It is not usually prescribed for long term use as side effects occur after a period of extended use of Klonopin. Due to its variety of medical applications as well as the fact that different people react differently to Klonopin, it comes in a variety of doses.
Klonopin (clonazepam) 0.5 mg
The lowest dose Klonopin is prescribed at is .5 mg. It is recommended those prescribed Klonopin start at this dosage as it is better to start too low than too high. Klonopin .5 mg doses are often very effective for treating anxiety without producing unwanted side effects such as drowsiness or motor impairment. When taking any medication it is best to use the least amount possible. At .5mg there are also less side effects associated with Klonopin. The reason for this is there is not as much action within the brain. Many report this dosage of Klonopin to be effective while still allowing them to be functional in everyday life. With this lowest dose of Klonopin it is also takes longer to become physically dependent upon the medication. According to medical professionals .5mg Klonopin equals about 1mg Xanax.
Klonopin (clonazepam) 1 mg
If Klonopin at a dosage of .5mg is ineffective often doctors will prescribe Klonopin 1mg tablets. At this dose Klonopin will have more sedative effects and the possibility of bad side effects. This dosage is more effective at treating cases of severe and debilitating anxiety than Klonopin at a .5mg dose. With the increased dosage the chances of adverse reactions also increases. At this dose motor impairment and loss of coordination will be likely to occur often making Klonopin 1mg doses not ideal for daytime use when the patient has to be in a work or school environment. This dosage is very effective in treating insomnia as well. The chances that drowsiness is experienced the next morning is greatly increased with this dosage due to the increased amount of the medication and the already long half life of Klonopin.
Klonopin (clonazepam) 2 mg
Klonopin 2 mg doses are very high and extreme caution and care is advised at this dosage. With this dose of Klonopin the chance of developing physical dependence as well as psychological addiction is very high. At a dosage of 2mg the user is more likely to experience Klonopin's euphoric side effects which can result in addiction if the user begins to chase these euphoric feelings. For most patients this dosage of Klonopin will be too high for them to function normally. Usually, this dose is prescribed for insomnia as it is very effective in promoting sleep. Some users of Klonopin may be prescribed Klonopin 2mg by their doctors if their bodies are resistant to Klonopin. At doses of 2mg of Klonopin it is not advised to drive as motor impairment and loss of coordination is very likely and may not be noticed by the one taking Klonopin.