Klonopin Overview

Klonopin pillKlonopin, otherwise known by its generic name Clonazepam, is a powerful central nervous system depressant prescribed to treat seizures, anxiety, panic disorders, insomnia, night terrors, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. It’s a mild sedative and a benzodiazepine derivative that acts as an anticonvulsant and helps relax the muscles. It is very helpful in the treatment of social anxiety. It is often used in tandem with SSRIs or SNRIs in order to reduce the side effects of these medications as well as strengthen the effectiveness of them also.

Klonopin Side Effects

An individual may experience the following common side effects of Klonopin:

  • Drowsiness
  • Impairment of cognition and judgment
  • Pupil dilation
  • Belligerence
  • Psychomotor agitation
  • Lack of motivation
  • Impaired motor function
  • Dizziness

This particular medication falls into the same category as Xanax, Valium, and other benzodiazepines. Therefore, users often claim to feel hung over and report headaches, feeling lethargic, and irritation. Over time, individuals who take the medication can develop interferences with cognitive and behavioral functions known as low-dose dependence. Alcohol and other central nervous system downers intensify the effects and side effects of the drug.

Klonopin Withdrawal

Klonopin should only be used for short periods of time. If four weeks have passed, there is a likelihood of dependence developing. A gradual decrease of dosage is mandatory, otherwise benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome will result. Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome is characterized by psychotic episodes, dysphoric manifestations, bad temper, anxiety and hallucinations.

Common Klonopin withdrawal symptoms are as follows:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Cramps
  • Tremors
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Muscle pain
  • Mental dysfunction

Klonopin Abuse

Klonopin is often abused by suburban, upper middle-class high school students who utilize their parents’ ample health insurance to gain accesses to it. A typical street name that it is known by is “K-pin.” It is more problematic to screen for Klonopin abuse than for alcohol abuse since it does not turn up in drug testing but offers the individual similar physical effects of being drunk. Klonopin has more harmful effects than alcohol, and the results are dangerous when the two are used simultaneously.

According to a nationwide drug assessment, 35% of emergency room visits were a result of Clonazepam, and 32% were opiate related. Benzodiazepine also assisted 26% of attempted suicides, leading medical physicians and government officials to suspect it is one of the nation’s most regularly abused prescription drugs.

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