Clonazepam Withdrawal and Addiction

Clonazepam Withdrawal doesn’t have to be fearful

Too many innocently become addicted to Clonazepam, having no idea that Clonazepam is a Benzodiazepine that can rapidly cause dependence.  It is estimated that at least 30% of patients taking Clonazepam for more than 4 weeks will develop dependence. But virtually all Clonazepam users will develop a tolerance to the drug, finding it takes higher amounts to create the calming effects.

Clonazepam enhances GABA, the most common calming neurotransmitter but continued use down regulates GABA, increasing anxiety, insomnia and muscle pain, necessitating a higher dose of the drug.  Once tolerance occurs the original calming nature of Clonazepam is never achieved to the same degree. The only way to repair the GABA receptors is to taper off the Clonazepam and focus on healing.

Abrupt withdrawal of Klonopin can cause seizures, severe withdrawal symptoms and be life-threatening. While a slow taper is essential to successfully tapering Clonazepam, most find that they also need help for the withdrawal symptoms to calm the benzo fire raging through the nervous system.

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Clonazepam, send a confidential inquiry or call us tollfree 866.605.2333.

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Clonazepam side effects may include:

abdominal and muscle cramps, behavior disorders, convulsions, depressed feeling, hallucinations, restlessness, sleeping difficulties, tremors, Klonopin can also cause aggressive behavior, agitation, anxiety, excitability, hostility, irritability, nervousness, nightmares, sleep disturbances, and vivid dreams, abdominal pain/discomfort, abnormal hunger, acne, aggressive reaction, anxiety, apathy, asthma attack, bleeding from the skin, blood clots, bronchitis, burning sensation, changes in appetite, changes in sex drive, confusion, coughing, difficulty breathing, dizziness when standing, ear problems, emotional changeability, excessive dreaming, excitement, fever, flushing, fluttery or throbbing heartbeat, frequent bowel movements, gas, general feeling of illness, gout, hair loss, hemorrhoids, hoarseness, increased salivation, indigestion, infections, inflamed stomach and intestines, lack of attention, lack of sensation, leg cramps, loss of taste, male sexual problems, migraine, motion sickness, muscle pain/cramps, nightmares, nosebleed, over-activity, pain (anywhere in the body), paralysis, pneumonia, shivering, skin problems, sleep problems, sneezing, sore throat, swelling with fluid retention, swollen knees, thick tongue, thirst, tingling/pins and needles, tooth problems, tremor, twitching, upset stomach, urinary problems, vertigo, vision problems, weight gain or loss, yawning

Clonazepam Withdrawal Symptoms May Include:

abdominal pains, aching, agoraphobia, anxiety, blurred vision, body vibrations, changes in perception, diarrhea, distended abdomen, feeling of unreality, flu-like symptoms, flatulence, food cravings, hair loss, heart palpitations, heavy limbs, increased allergies, increased sense of smell, insomnia, lethargy, loss of balance, metallic taste, muscle spasms, nightmares, panic attacks, paranoia, persistent & unpleasant memories, severe headaches, shaking, short term memory loss, sore mouth and tongue, sound & light sensitivity, speech difficulties, sweating, suicidal thoughts, tinnitus, unusually sensitive, fear

What is Clonazepam?

(Klonopin, Rivotril, Rivatril)

Klonopin (Clonazepam) is a medium acting benzodiazepine derivative that has anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant and very potent anti-anxiety qualities.  The half-life is 18-50 hours depending on how it is metabolized by the liver.  Clonazepam has a fast onset of action and is classified as a high potency benzodiazepine, used for anxiety and as a second line treatment of epilepsy. It is not recommended for long-term (greater than 10-14 days) due to the development of tolerance for anxiety and the anticonvulsant effects.  Some potentially serious side effects may develop, including interference with cognitive functions and behavior. Both physiological and psychological dependence can occur and one third of individuals treated with benzodiazepines for longer than 4 weeks can develop a dependence and subsequent withdrawal symptoms upon dose reduction. High dosage and longer term use increases the risk and severity of dependence and withdrawal symptoms, yet even low dosages can cause dependence.  Clonazepam should be reduced gradually to reduce withdrawal effects and other risks.

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