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Klonopin Abuse

Klonopin, or clonazepam, is a prescription drug used in patients with seizures and anxiety issues. The precise mechanisms of its effects are not entirely known, but scientists think that they are related to the drug’s ability to enhance the GABA activity, which is the primary inhibitory substance in the brain.

 

Because it is a highly addictive medication, the symptoms of Klonopin abuse and withdrawal can be severe and endanger the patient’s life.

 

Klonopin Abuse Side Effects

Like other benzodiazepines, Klonopin abuse can lead to various side effects if used for more than 3 or 4 weeks straight. Some of its side effects may not seem very serious, like drowsiness or fatigue, but, as the body gets used to the substance and the user increases the dose, they can experience confusion, dizziness, lack of coordination, and have difficulties walking or speaking.

 

The user’s mental health suffers as well. From intense anxiety attacks and nightmares to depression and even suicidal thoughts. These symptoms can have a significant impact on the patient and their family’s life. The risks of overdose or acute intoxication also increase with prolonged use. Depending on the severity of the addiction, its duration, co-occurring disorders, and other health factors, Klonopin abuse withdrawal symptoms vary from individual to individual. Some may only experience a few symptoms but very intense, while others will feel a combination of symptoms that vary from mild to severe.

 

The most common physical symptoms include fatigue, headaches, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, stomach aches, muscle spasms or cramps, high blood pressure, or seizures. Psychologically, patients can experience anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings, cravings, difficulties concentrating, lack of motivation, or insomnia.

 

How Long Do Klonopin Abuse and Withdrawal Symptoms Last?

Klonopin abuse withdrawal symptoms will start one to three days after the patient stops using it. It’s duration largely depends on the extent of the Klonopin abuse and amount the patient is used to taking, the length of their addiction, the patient’s metabolism, or if the patient combined it with other drugs or alcohol.

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