What is Klonopin and why is it prescribed?
The trademarked brand name for Clonazepam is Klonopin, a medication classified in the category known as benzodiazepines. It is usually prescribed to treat anxiety as an anxiolytic for the treatment of anxiety disorders. It is also prescribed in order to prevent or for the short-term relief from akinetic seizures, myoclonus, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and petit mal seizures. It is oftentimes prescribed as an anti-convulsant or a muscle relaxant as it can be extremely effective in these areas.
Klonopin has some extremely potent characteristics but is primarily prescribed because of its anti-epileptic characteristics, the high rate of effectiveness, its low toxicity levels, and how rapidly it takes effect. It can also be used in conjunction with other medications to treat seizures and seizure disorders. Additionally, Klonopin’s half life of 18 to 50 hours is unusually lengthy compared to other medications of its type, hence its classification as a high-potency benzodiazepine and use as a secondary treatment for epilepsy.
Drawbacks and side effects
As with any other benzodiazepine or prescription medication, Klonopin can cause some adverse reactions or side effects which are viewed as drawbacks or negatives to taking it. These include
- cognitive impairment
- paradoxical effects
There can also be some extremely negative side effects if Klonopin is taken recreationally and the individual takes larger doses than what is called for in the prescription. These side effects normally include:
- heart palpitations
- memory loss
- nausea and vomiting
- personality changes
Even if an individual abused Klonopin or was dependent upon it and then stopped taking the drug, the cognitive impairments can continue for up to 6 months after the withdrawal symptoms have subsided. There is also some speculation regarding whether the individual’s will be normal again or not, even after overcoming their issues with abuse or dependency.
In most cases, when an individual is recovering and experiences these symptoms, they feel as though they need to take larger doses of Klonopin to prevent them from reoccurring. The fact that more and more individuals are taking the drug recreationally has led to the need for addiction treatment and recovery programs to address this issue. At this time, it is unclear as to whether or not there will be significant memory loss and whether or not the individual will recover fully from it.
The “red flags” or warning signs of recreational use
One of the aspects that everyone needs to be aware of, especially if they are taking Klonopin recreationally, is the warning signs that they are abusing the drug or have become dependent upon it. Research has proven that it is very easy to take more of the drug even when it is not being taken recreationally. Should you find that you have built up a tolerance for Klonopin or depend on it to function during the day and then you suddenly stop taking it, there is a possibility that you are going to experience some unpleasant withdrawal signs, including any of the following or a combination of them:
- heart palpitations
- memory loss
- nausea and/or vomiting
- numbness or a tingling in the extremities
- panic attacks
- personality changes
- sensitivity to light or sound
Additional precautions when taking Klonopin
As with any other benzodiazepine or prescription medication, you should take certain precautions if you are going to start using Klonopin such as:
Allergic reactions/substance interactions – always discuss taking any new prescription medication with your pharmacist or prescribing physician about possible allergic reactions or adverse substance interactions with other medications you may be taking. For instance, have you been prone to allergic reactions to drugs such as Ativan (Lorazepam) or Valium (Diazepam)? Benzodiazepines slow down the brain’s processes and accentuate the effects of other substances such as alcohol, barbiturates, or narcotics and lead to hypnotic and sedative side effects that can be greatly increased as a result.
Pregnant or nursing mothers – inform your pharmacist and physician if you are breast feeding, pregnant, or planning on getting pregnant in the near future. Past research has proven that benzodiazepines can cause congenital malformations or damage to the unborn fetus if it is taken in the first trimester of pregnancy. The best recommendation is to avoid taking Klonopin during this pregnancy period and possibly during the entire pregnancy.
Abuse, addiction, and dependency issues
It is oftentimes difficult to determine how severe abuse, addiction, or dependency issues with Klonopin can be other than the fact that it typically depends on the amount of the drug that is being consumed at one time. Additionally, the length of time that the individual has been abusing the drug or been dependent on it typically determines the severity of these issues as well as their length of stay in an addiction treatment and recovery program.
In most cases, the longer the individual has been taking Klonopin recreationally, the longer they will need to stay in a rehab program in order to overcome and recover from their problems. Where this is concerned, it has been determined in numerous studies that the in-patient residential program is the most effective and has the highest recovery success rate as well. Therefore, these addiction treatment and recovery programs are considered to be the best types to enter should you be suffering with these issues.
If you or a loved one has been suffering with Klonopin abuse, addiction, or dependency, Blue Water Detox is here to help you overcome these issues so that you can experience a complete recovery from them and go on to lead a normal, substance-free life. Our experienced staff members’ expertise includes issues with taking the drug Klonopin as well as information regarding it.
If you would like more information on Klonopin or any other benzodiazepine issue that can be treated with medical detox, please call us today at the toll-free phone number above.