Clonazepam (Klonopin)

Clonazepam, prscription bottleClonazepam is commonly known by its brand name Klonopin, a tranquilizer of the benzodiazepine class. It is a medication used to prevent and treat seizures, it is also prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders.

This drug is not recommended for long-term use due to adverse side effects and a high potential for tolerance (needing a higher dose to get the initial effect) and addiction.

It is taken orally.  It begins having an effect within an hour and lasts between six and 12 hours.

Common side effects of Klonopin include:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • unsteadiness
  • depression
  • loss of orientation
  • Headaches
  • sleep disturbances
  • problems with thinking or memory
  • slurred speech
  • dry mouth
  • sore gums
  • runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • blurred vision

Alcohol, barbiturates, and narcotics will interact with this drug. Klonopin use during pregnancy may cause adverse effects in the fetus. Breastfeeding while taking Klonopin is not recommended.

Clonazepam withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Thoughts of suicide

The first stage of withdrawal symptoms peak two weeks after the drug is stopped, but subtle signs can last anywhere from a week to a month.

Stopping the use of Clonazepam without medical supervision is not recommended due to the dangerous side effects. Withdrawal symptoms may occur even in people not abusing the drug.

Klonopin Overdose

Overdosing on clonazepam alone is rarely fatal. Abusing clonazepam with other drugs such as alcohol or pain killers can produce dangerous interactions that can lead to serious harm or death.

Signs and symptoms of an overdose may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Impaired coordination
  • Slow reflexes
  • Slowed or stopped breathing
  • Coma (loss of consciousness)
  • Death

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Clonazepam, like other benzodiazepines, slows the body’s systems, so people who overdose may stop breathing. It is important to maintain breathing to ensure minimum damage or death. Call 911 for assistance.

If you know someone with a Clonazepam addiction, call our addiction referral counselor for immediate referral to an affordable private detox or residential treatment center.

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