Also known as clonazepam, klonopin is legally available by prescription. It works by calming the nerves and brain and works quickly. However, with the side effects as well as the withdrawal symptoms are serious and dangerous. There is also a very high dependency rate.
What Is Klonopin?
A member of the benzodiazepine family, klonopin is a muscle relaxer as well as an anticonvulsant. It has the ability to help control seizures, especially those who have been diagnosed with epilepsy. It can also help treat panic disorders.
Klonopin Use Signs and Symptoms
As previously mentioned, there are side effects associated with the use of klonopin. Potential side effects tend to include loss of coordination and energy, drowsiness, dizziness, muscle and joint pain, short-term memory loss, mood changes, depression, vision issues, confusion as well as suicidal thoughts. Some of the more severe possible side effects include swelling of the face throat and tongue as well as difficulty swallowing, respiratory issues, rash and hives. The drug may also negatively affect libido and result in impotence.
Overdose is riskier in senior citizens because the drug tends to build-up in their system and the slower metabolic rate. Extended use of klonopin not only increases the risk of physical dependency, but it also increases the risk of more severe withdrawal symptoms when the drug is no longer used.
Klonopin Medical Detoxification
While it is possible to detox from klonopin on your own time with the help of a medical provider, it is often recommended to do so at an inpatient facility like Shadow Mountain Recovery as part of our IV therapy program. This is because the withdrawal symptoms are often severe and life-threatening, so inpatient medical detox is the safest and most effective way to go about klonopin detox.
The withdrawal symptoms include muscle and stomach cramps, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, weight loss, hallucinations, seizures, psychosis, suicidal thoughts and death. The amount of time that it takes to surpass the withdrawal symptoms will depend on the length of time that the drug has been being taken and how much of it is in the system.
After Klonopin Medical Detox
Once you have completed your detox from klonopin, it may be wise to consider enrolling in a behavioorial program that can help you overcome any psychological issues that you have developed from the extended drug use. This program can help you rebuild your life and show you that it is possible to live a normal life without drugs. It shows you that taking drugs is a choice and not a disease. We can help you through the withdrawal systems, overcome your drug problem, and help you get your life back together at Shadow Mountain Recovery.