Can I Quit Klonopin on My Own?

Can I Quit Klonopin on My Own?

Klonopin is a brand name for clonazepam, a drug prescribed to treat epileptic seizure disorders as well as panic and anxiety disorders. Clonazepam is included in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines slow down the central nervous system and decreases activity associated with seizures, anxiety and panic attacks. Like other benzodiazepines, Klonopin can be habit forming. As a result, doctors tend to start patients on a low dose and gradually increase it.

If you want to quit Klonopin, that is a great first step. Unfortunately, many people channel that desire into the dangerous practice of trying to quit abruptly and on their own. Trying to quit Klonopin on your own is not only dangerous but also rarely successful.

Physical Dangers of Trying to Quit Klonopin on Your Own

The danger of quitting on your own is mostly related to dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Once the body has become dependent on Klonopin, it will react negatively or even violently to being deprived of the drug. This reaction consists of withdrawal symptoms, and if a trained medical staff does not manage them properly, they can be dangerous. Klonopin withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Anxiety, terror and panic attacks
  • Agitation and restlessness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Insomnia
  • Electric shock sensations
  • Aches and pains
  • Increased sensitivity to touch or sound
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hypertension
  • Depression, suicidal thoughts

Physical dangers aside, these withdrawal symptoms make it hard to resist the temptation to return to Klonopin use. In a rehab setting, however, the patient is removed from the “real world” and placed in a safe and controlled environment where they will not have access to Klonopin. In such a setting, the patient will be supported as they go through detox and withdrawal and continue on to therapy and counseling.

Get Help and Recover from Klonopin

If you are struggling with Klonopin addiction and want to quit, don’t try to do it on your own. Getting help will not only keep you safe but will also increase the chances that your recovery efforts will be successful. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with an addiction counselor who can help you determine which type of treatment is best for you. Get help and get free from Klonopin. Call today.