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What Is Clobazam Used For?

How Does It Work?

Clobazam belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines have various effects on the body, such as:
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Causing sleepiness
  • Relaxing muscles
  • Stopping seizures
  • Impairing short-term memory.
All benzodiazepines can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why clobazam and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).

Can Children and Teens Use Clobazam?

This medication is approved for use in children as young as two years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using clobazam in children.

Are There Off-Label Reasons to Use Clobazam?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this drug for something other than the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome seizures. This is known as an "off-label" use. Based on the uses of other benzodiazepines (and on the uses of clobazam in other countries), possible off-label uses for this medication might include the treatment of the following conditions:
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