Clonazepam Withdrawal and Tapering Help


Clonazepam was initially patented in 1964 and in 1975 the FDA approved Clonazepam under the trade name Klonopin, as a treatment for epilepsy. Unfortunately it has become one of the nations most abused drugs after painkillers and was implicated in the cocktail of medications that killed Margaux Hemingway, Don Simpson (movie producer), Foster Wallace (writer) and Anna Nicole Smith. Although Clonazepam is often prescribed for long-term use, the FDA cautioned that the drug’s effectiveness for more than 9 weeks was not studied in well-controlled clinical trials.

Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine that has muscle relaxant, sedative, anticonvulsant and hypnotic properties. Clonazepam is considered a ‘highly potent’ benzodiazepine with a rapid onset of action meaning that it reaches peak blood levels in one to four hours after oral administration, but leaves the body in 18-60 hours.

Stevie Nicks (rock singer) has been vocal about how her psychiatrist prescribed Clonazepam for her to escape cocaine addiction. Nicks has described her 45-day hospital detox from Clonazepam stating, "Somebody opened up a door and pushed me into hell." It took years for her to heal from the effects of Clonazepam. Today hospital emergency room visits for benzodiazepine abuse dwarf illegal drugs by more than three to one.

Clonazepam is a chlorinated derivative of nitrazepam and binds to the glial cell membranes to a high affinity. Glial cells provide support and nutrition, maintain homeostatis, form myelin (which protects the nerve endings) and participate in signal transmission in the nervous system. In the human brain, glials are estimated to outnumber nerve cells by a ratio of 10 to 1. Glials are considered the glue of the nervous system, surrounding nerve cells to hold them in place, but also supplying oxygen and nutrients to nerve cells. This explains why the Clonazepam side effects and Clonazepam Withdrawal Symptoms are so widespread throughout the body.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, all benzodiazepines, including Klonopin, do not mix well with narcotic painkillers and can cause breathing difficulties that can be fatal.

One-third of Clonazepam patients will develop tolerance to the drug in 2-4 weeks and will suffer from the Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome, a grouping of extremely painful symptoms that can last many months. Even after short-term use (7-14 days) Clonazepam can prove to be too challenging to just stop, even a slow taper.

Clonazepam exerts its action on GABA, the most prevalent calming neurotransmitter of the human body that serves to control excitability, anxiety and fear. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a critical regulator of essential body functions and all benzodiazepines down-regulate GABA. As tolerance to the drug occurs, fear, anxiety, insomnia and pain increase. Each dose increase will temporarily ease symptoms but the only way to regain normal GABA function is to recover from Clonazepam addiction.  

Our team of experts utilizes slow titration schedules combined with calming Nutraceuticals to help ease Clonazepam withdrawal symptoms. We have helped people in 73 countries over the last 11 years and we can also help you.

 How Point of Return can Help You

The Point of Return Program is an in-home tapering program that allows you to gradually lessen the amount of Clonazepam while also implementing the use of all-natural, calming nutraceuticals to help ease symptoms.  Clonazepam is dangerous to abruptly or rapidly stop and our program is a proven, viable, low-cost option to continue living your life while tapering.

We are prescription drug experts that specialize in Benzodiazepine withdrawals.

How Our Clonazepam Withdrawal Program Works:

  • Point of Return's skilled team takes a personal approach with every client.
  • Unique nutraceuticals helps to reduce symptoms to make Clonazepam withdrawal comfortable.
  • Interaction items are eliminated to help minimize Clonazepam Withdrawal symptoms.
  • We work with your doctor to taper you slowly.
  • Our natural approach to Clonazepam withdrawal provides items to use during stress.
  • Withdraw while working, caring for your family, and living life.

If you'd like our assistance to taper Clonazepam please send our nonprofit a confidential inquiry, telephone tollfree 866.605.2333 or get started on our program today.

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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

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

Other Names for Clonazepam include: (Klonopin, Rivotril, Rivatril)

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