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Exercising on Klonopin

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author image Sara Ipatenco
Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
Exercising on Klonopin
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Klonopin is a member of the benzodiazepine family of drugs, and is used to treat seizure and panic disorders. Use of Klonopin comes with certain side-effect risks. In most cases, you can safely exercise while taking the medication, but not all activities are safe for you. Once you know more about risks, you can design a workout routine that works for you. Check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program, especially if you have health problems or take medications.

Klonopin

Klonopin, a brand name for clonazepam, is used to treat anxiety and seizure disorders. The drug works by altering the chemicals in your brain that become unbalanced as a result of these types of disorders. By decreasing the unbalanced electrical activity in your brain, the drug makes it possible to control your seizures or anxiety. Because Klonopin might cause drowsiness, dizziness, unsteadiness, difficulties with coordination, muscle or joint pain and blurred vision, you should approach exercise with caution while taking the drug, because physical activity requires you to be alert.

Exercise

Regular physical activity is important in maintaining a healthy weight and protecting your health. If you take Klonopin, you can still exercise, but you should choose activities that can be done even if you experience side effects from the medication. Drowsiness or dizziness can make it unsafe to take a run or jog along a busy road. Problems with coordination can make it unsafe to lift weights, and unsteadiness can make swimming an unsafe activity. According to a 1994 study published in the "Journal of Applied Physiology," benzodiazepines such as Klonopine can alter your metabolism as well. An altered metabolism might affect your capacity for exercise.

Recommended Exercises

If you experience any of the side effects associated with taking Klonopin, choose your activities with care. Walk, run or jog on a treadmill so you are away from traffic, particularly if you experience unsteadiness or problems with coordination. Or take a walk with a friend instead. Your friend can help ensure your safety, and walking is an effective form of exercise. Use a stationary bike or an elliptical machine as alternatives that might allow you to maintain a better sense of balance. Certain yoga positions allow you to sit, so can also be a safe activity for you.

Considerations

If you experience side effects when taking Klonopin, schedule your exercise sessions before you take the medication. This might allow you to exercise without experiencing the side effects as strongly as you would if you exercised right after taking the drug. Request that a friend or family member accompany you for your workout so that if an accident occurs you are not alone. Ask your doctor if exercise is safe for you before starting any new workout routine. If you feel unsteady or unsafe while exercising, stop immediately and talk to your doctor.

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