Klonopin–known generically as clonazepam–is a prescription drug used to treat seizures and panic disorders. Part of the benzodiazepine class of medications, Klonopin can be abused and become highly addictive if not taken as prescribed. The drug acts as a tranquilizer, slowing down brain functions and easing anxiety in users. However, when the medication is used properly it is only a short-term treatment. Many people who abuse Klonopin take the drug–also known as benzos, kpin, pin and tranks–for prolonged periods and at higher doses than prescribed. People who abruptly stop taking Klonopin after prolonged use can experience painful physical and mental symptoms known as Klonopin withdrawal. The side-effects of Klonopin withdrawal can be painful and possibly life-threatening.

The Risks of Stopping Klonopin Cold Turkey

Abruptly stopping the use of Klonopin (clonazepam)–like all benzodiazepine drugs–can cause serious withdrawal symptoms and possibly lead to death. People who have become addicted to Klonopin should withdraw from the drug with the help of medical professionals at a detox or drug rehab facility to avoid life-threatening seizures. Klonopin withdrawal can also cause nausea and body tremors.

Klonopin Is Often Abused with Other Drugs

Users often abuse Klonopin along with other substances, most commonly alcohol, which can further complicate the withdrawal process. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 95 percent of all clients admitted to rehab centers in 2011 for benzodiazepine drugs, like Klonopin, also abused another drug. A quarter of those clients abused alcohol.

Klonopin vs Xanax: What’s the Difference?

Both benzodiazepines, Klonopin, and Xanax (alprazolam) have similar effects on the body, but there are key differences. Klonopin is a long-acting medication, whereas Xanax, a popular prescription medication approved to treat panic attacks, affects the body quickly. Although Klonopin is less potent than Xanax, the drug can also be addictive and its withdrawal symptoms can be fatal.

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Common Klonopin Withdrawal Signs and Symptoms

Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms

The symptoms of withdrawal vary, depending on how long a person has been taking the drug and at what doses. When used properly as a prescription medication, Klonopin (clonazepam) is a short-term treatment. Many people who experience problems with Klonopin have taken the drug much longer than prescribed by their doctor. Also, sometimes people take Klonopin to alleviate the effects of alcohol abuse, but end up creating another addiction and a potentially serious withdrawal process.

Mild Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain
  • Restlessness
  • Tension

Chronic Symptoms

  • Abdominal muscle cramps
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting

Severe  Symptoms

  • Hallucinations
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Paranoid psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Sensitivity to sound and light

Klonopin Withdrawal Timeline

Klonopin Withdrawal Timeline
    • First 1-3 Days

      The symptoms of withdrawal are similar to the effects of heavy alcohol use. During this period, users can experience excessive sweating, body tremors, and anxiety. Seizures can result in the most serious cases.


    • First 4-7 Days

      Most physical side effects begin to fade in this period. But many former users still report having insomnia and anxiety.


    • Second Week

      Withdrawal symptoms from Klonopin–unlike other substances, like alcohol and heroin–can “rebound” after subsiding in the first week. Some mild users of Klonopin may not experience this rebound. Like other benzodiazepines, Klonopin has a long half life–the amount of time a drug takes to leave the body–causing this delayed response. Users can experience the same symptoms at the same intensity from the first three days. Sweating, nausea and muscle pain can all return without medical help.


  • First Few Weeks

    Former Klonopin users begin to recover as most symptoms fade. However, many experience Post Acute Withdrawals Symptoms (PAWS), which include cravings, depression, and irritability. Continued treatment can help former users through this period.

Klonopin Detox and Treatment

Klonopin Withdrawal Treatment
How to Safely Withdrawal from Klonopin

The safest way to experience Klonopin withdrawal is to gradually reduce the dose, a process known as a taper. People who have become addicted to Klonopin and abruptly stop using the drug experience painful and potentially life-threatening symptoms. At a detox or treatment center, medical professionals can supervise the taper, allowing users to safely withdrawal and prevent a relapse. It’s important that people addicted to Klonopin are honest about the amount and duration of their drug use so medical professionals can properly implement the taper.

Continue Treatment after Detox

Because the symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal can last for weeks, it is highly recommended that former users attend an inpatient or outpatient drug treatment program to ensure success. In addition to the taper, former Klonopin users often receive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to put clients on the path to long-term recovery.

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Klonopin Withdrawal FAQs

Klonopin Treatment Timeline
    • Can stopping Klonopin cold turkey lead to death?

      People who are addicted to Klonopin (clonazepam)–or any other benzodiazepines–should never stop using the drug abruptly. The withdrawal symptoms, which include seizures, can be deadly. It is highly recommended that those addicted to Klonopin seek medical help to stop using the drug.



    • How long do withdrawal symptoms last?

      Typically, Klonopin withdrawal symptoms last about two to three days initially and then return or “rebound” after two weeks. Medical supervision during this time is essential.


  • What’s the best way to get off Klonopin?

    The best way to get off Klonopin is to seek professional drug treatment and have a medical team supervise your withdrawal process. If you need help finding a drug rehab in your area, Drug Treatment Center Finder can help you begin your journey toward recovery. Call our 24-hour hotline at (855) 619-8070, and one of our call agents will be available to answer any questions you may have about Klonopin addiction and the right treatment methods to pursue.