clo·​naz·​e·​pam | \ klō-ˈna-zə-ˌpam How to pronounce clonazepam (audio) \

Definition of clonazepam

: a benzodiazepine C15H10ClN303 used especially as an anticonvulsant in the treatment of epilepsy

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Recent Examples on the Web Commonly prescribed drugs like alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), and lorazepam (Ativan) are all benzodiazepines. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Will Require a New Boxed Safety Warning for Benzodiazepines," 25 Sep. 2020 Buck is accused of distributing narcotics gamma hydroxybutyric acid and clonazepam, sedatives that the DEA has described as date-rape drugs. NBC News, "Democratic donor Ed Buck faces additional charges linked to overdose deaths," 19 Sep. 2019 In court, prosecutors said Schwarzman’s blood contained no alcohol, but did contain clonazepam, a sedative; methadone, a narcotic; and THC, a compound found in marijuana, at the time of the crash. Cody Boteler,, "Woman sentenced to 10 years for crash that killed 5-year-old and her grandmother in Baltimore County," 2 Dec. 2019 Those include sedatives such as aplrazolam (sold as Xanax), clonazepam (sold as Klonopin) and diazepam (sold as Valium), as well as the antihistamine diphenhydramine (sold as Benadryl), and a number of other powerful narcotics and opioids. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "The drugs behind deadly overdoses vary across the United States.," 25 Oct. 2019 The benzo family includes diazepam, or Valium; clonazepam, or Klonopin; lorazepam, or Ativan; chlordiazepoxide, or Librium; and the one most commonly known to the pop culture, alprazolan, or Xanax, among others. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, "Where is my Xanax Rx? Why your doctor may be concerned about prescribing benzodiazepines," 18 Oct. 2019 David died from the combined effects of clonazepam, fentanyl and heroin. Emily Brindley,, "Branford father-son death, initially thought to be murder-suicide, was double overdose," 14 Oct. 2019 According to the Mayo Clinic, the benzodiazepine clonazepam helps reduce the number of REM sleep behavior episodes some people experience. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "9 Types of Parasomnias That Might Explain That Weird Thing You Do When You Sleep," 5 June 2019 Of the total women prescribed anti-epileptic drugs, 11.1% had received a script for clonazepam and 19.0% for pregabalin, the study found. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Epilepsy drugs linked to higher risk of birth defects, study says," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of clonazepam

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clonazepam

chlor- + phenyl + -azepam (as in diazepam)

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1 Oct 2020

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“Clonazepam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of clonazepam

: a benzodiazepine C15H10ClN3O3 used to prevent or control seizures especially in the treatment of epilepsy and to reduce anxiety in the treatment of panic disorder

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