How Dangerous Is Klonopin Abuse?

How Dangerous Is Klonopin Abuse?

Klonopin is a prescription medication often prescribed for seizures and panic disorders. Addiction to Klonopin can result in various consequences:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Changes in vision
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased risk of seizures
  • Severe confusion
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nervousness
  • Poor coordination
  • Watering of the mouth

Pre-existing conditions (drug interactions, alcohol use or altered mood) can make Klonopin addiction potentially fatal. These risks include the following:

  • Suicide
    • While taking Klonopin, it is advised that consumers should be on watch for suicidal behavior
    • Klonopin therapies can nearly double suicidal activity
    • In clinical trials for Klonopin have shown increased suicide in those individuals who did not receive a placebo
  • Depression
    • Depression is a result of Klonopin therapy
    • Roche Pharmaceuticals reports 7% of clinical trial patients experienced depression, and 4% of those experienced after the trial was finished
  • Pregnancy and nursing
    • Klonopin can have adverse effects on nursing women and their babies
    • MayoClinic.com reports that there is risk to an unborn fetus due to the mother’s Klonopin addiction, and they advise pregnant women to abstain from Klonopin use all together
    • Roche advises abstinence while breastfeeding
    • Fetus survival rate is significantly lower when the mother has abused Klonopin
  • Dependence and addiction
    • Risk of addiction to Klonopin is very high
    • Klonopin is not a recommended drug for people with histories of substance abuse
  • Alcohol
    • Alcohol should not be used while taking Klonopin, as the dangers of this are potentially fatal
    • Because both Klonopin and alcohol are depressants, together they can slow respiration and heart rate, impair memory and function and cause abnormal behavior.
    • The combination of Klonopin and alcohol can cause death
    • Risk of liver damage is higher when taking Klonopin and consuming alcohol together
  • Drug interaction
    • Interactions with Klonopin and other medications have serious repercussions
    • Patients should discuss current medications with a licensed physician before taking Klonopin
  • Liver and kidneys
    • Patients with existing liver damage not take Klonopin and that in cases of extended use of Klonopin, liver function should be closely monitored
    • Klonopin travels through the kidneys as it leaves the body, and pre-existing kidney disorders combined with Klonopin can have a number of adverse effects
    • Renal function should be tested regularly to insure that there is not Klonopin buildup in the body

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