Clonazepam (the brand name is Klonopin) is an FDA-approved prescription drug that is used to treat, prevent, and control seizure disorders The drug can also be used to treat panic attacks, insomnia, and anxiety disorders since it works by calming your brain and the central nervous system (CNS).
Klonopin is known as an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug, and it belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines (also called "benzos' or BZs"). These drugs affect the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that the nerves release to communicate with each other.
Some common benzodiazepines include the following:
While Klonopin has many benefits, there are some risks associated with taking the drug of which you should be aware — especially if taken in higher doses. As with all prescription medications, seek medical advice and proceed with caution.
Like all drugs, there are some side effects of Clonazepam that range from uncomfortable to serious depending on your dosage and how long you take it. High doses and long-term use can exacerbate the common side effects. These side effects include the following:
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Klonopin can be addictive both psychologically and physically, and some people will misuse the drug because it causes feelings of relaxation and euphoria. In fact, many people abuse Klonopin to combat the anxiety that comes with other substance abuse, such as cocaine. And poly-substance abuse can lead to serious consequences, such as a potential Klonopin overdose and organ failure.
Some signs of Klonopin abuse and misuse include the following:
Some adverse effects of Klonopin abuse and misuse include the following:
Abusing Clonazepam for its calming effects, like any substance, can take a serious toll on your physical and mental health. Physical dependence can lead to severe Klonopin withdrawal symptoms, including the following:
Fortunately, there is clonazepam addiction treatment available to anyone who needs it. Treatment options include the following:
If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to Klonopin or drug use of another kind, contact a medical professional immediately. Withdrawal symptoms can be serious, and it is best to fight addiction with professional help rather than going cold turkey.
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