Klonopin is the brand name of the generic benzodiazepine clonazepam, and it is a medication most commonly used for the treatment of moderate to severe anxiety disorders. The National Alliance on Mental Illness describes Klonopin as a medication approved for the treatment of panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia), as well as certain types of seizure disorders. A panic disorder is characterized by repetitive and unexpected episodes of intense and unmanageable fear. Those who are experiencing a panic attack will exhibit a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms, including acute chest pains, heart palpitations, a shortness of breath, nausea, profuse sweating and dizziness. Klonopin works to reduce these symptoms by attaching to receptors within the brain that control functions like stress relief and relaxation, essentially blocking feelings of anxiety and panic. However, this specific medication is also used to treat the symptoms associated with severe alcohol withdrawal in a medical detox setting, and can be used to treat sleep-related issues in some cases as well. While there are many medical uses for the medication, Klonopin is both potent and habit-forming. Like prescription opioids, benzodiazepines have a very high propensity for abuse. It is important to recognize that even when taken as directed by a medical professional, Klonopin can be physically and psychologically addictive. It is not uncommon for men and women who take this medication for an extended period of time to begin feeling dependent. Because Klonopin is so potent, users can start to become dependent within as few as two weeks of daily use.