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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.

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.

KLONOPIN SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

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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.

  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain
  • Restlessness
  • Tension
  • Abdominal muscle cramps
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Paranoid psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Sensitivity to sound and light
KLONOPIN WITHDRAWAL TIMELINE

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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.

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

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.

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 WITHDRAWAL TREATMENT

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How to Safely Withdraw 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

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It takes about two weeks to safely detox from Klonopin. Medical professionals gradually reduce a user’s dosage to prevent painful and life-threatening side effects.

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.

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM KLONOPIN TREATMENT

WHEN YOU GET THERE

At a drug rehab center, you can start your recovery with a healthy support group of trained clinical staff, other like-minded recovering addicts, and addiction counselors that only want you to succeed.

PROGRAMS VARY BY INDIVIDUAL

Addiction treatment programs will vary by individual and substance, depending on the severity of his addiction and whether other treatment methods need to be included, such as dual-diagnosis or holistic therapies.

MEDICATIONS USED IN KLONOPIN DETOX

During the detoxification stage, clients may be given medications to help them manage cravings and other withdrawal symptoms associated with Klonopin withdrawal. Those may include buspirone, an anti-anxiety medicine, flumazenil, a medication that reverses the effects of benzodiazepine, and acamprosate.

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 WITHDRAWAL STATISTICS

5.2%

In 2008, about 5.2 percent of U.S. adults ages 18-80 used benzodiazepines like Klonopin, according to one study about benzodiazepine use.

2.3%

In 2015, 6.1 million Americans age 12 and older misused tranquilizers, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That is 2.3 percent of the estimated 119 million Americans age 12 and older who used prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the past year, representing 44.5 percent of the US population.

0.7%

In 2015, an estimated 162,000 adolescents age 12-17 (0.7 percent) were current misusers of tranquilizers like Klonopin. (2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH))

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