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Klonopin is a prescription drug that is used as a sedative. Doctors typically prescribe it as an anticonvulsant or an anti-anxiety drug. Patients may be given Klonopin to prevent seizures or manage panic attacks. As a benzodiazepine drug, this medication is extremely addictive.
This medication works by slowing down the way certain things in the body work. It increases the effects of a neurotransmitter called GABA. This neurotransmitter is used to moderate the way nerves signal the brain. Many patients may also be given the generic form of the drug known as clonazepam. Both forms of this medication are widely prescribed orally for short-term effects.
One of the most dangerous side effects of using this drug is its addictive qualities. Before long, individuals may quickly develop a tolerance and dependence on it. Because of this, the medication should only be prescribed and used for short-term periods of time. Since it can produce a euphoric high, it is frequently abused.
Other than benzo withdrawal symptoms, there are other signs that someone may be developing a Klonopin addiction. They may have a delayed reaction time or lack of coordination. Individuals may experience depression, constipation, paranoia, fatigue or dizziness. Often, these signs will gradually worsen over time as the patient becomes more addicted to the drug.
Once someone takes Klonopin, they may begin to feel the effects for the next 6 to 24 hours. They may feel a sense of euphoria, drowsiness and a relaxed state of mind. Negative side effects include breathing problems, rashes, seizures and central nervous system depression.
This drug is highly addictive. It is only intended to be used for a short amount of time. When it is used for longer time periods or in higher doses, it has the potential to become addictive. In addition, anyone using Klonopin without a prescription may become addicted to the drug. The Food and Drug Administration has also warned that this drug can be habit-forming and lead to an addiction.
When someone quits using the drug, they may develop severe side effects like catatonia, a coma or fatal seizures. Because of this, it is important to only go through these severe withdrawal symptoms at a treatment center. At a treatment center, vital signs can be monitored to make sure that the brain and body safely withdraw from the drug. Some side effects of withdrawal include symptoms such as:
Benzodiazepine withdrawal can cause serious psychological and physical side effects. The safest way to go through withdrawal is at a professional rehab center. A treatment center can offer help through programs such as:
The duration of withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person. In general, benzodiazepine withdrawal involves three stages. Early withdrawal lasts for the first two to four days. Acute withdrawal symptoms will last for about two weeks. Meanwhile, the last psychological or emotional withdrawal symptoms may continue to occur for several months after quitting.
Everyone experiences withdrawal symptoms differently, but the right care can make a difference in managing symptoms and preventing severe side effects. Through professional treatment, patients can get the help they need to safely detox from Klonopin, get addiction treatment and then return to their normal life. To start your recovery journey from Klonopin addiction today, call Beaches Recovery at 866.605.0532.