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Klonopin, also known by its generic name clonazepam, is a prescription medication belonging to the benzodiazepine class of drugs. Like other benzodiazepines, Klonopin acts on the central nervous system by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This neurotransmitter helps to calm excessive electrical activity in the brain, resulting in a calming effect on the body and mind.

Klonopin is primarily prescribed to treat various conditions, including panic disorder, seizure disorders (such as epilepsy), and certain types of movement disorders like restless legs syndrome. It is available in tablet form and as an oral disintegrating tablet, which dissolves quickly in the mouth without the need for water.