Klonopin Abuse

Klonopin Abuse

Klonopin is a drug used to treat anxiety or conditions like seizures and panic disorders. It should only be prescribed for short-term use. When drug use continues after two weeks, tolerance may possibly set in and a user may experience withdrawal when weaning themselves off Klonopin. Abuse may also occur during this time period.

The most common abusers of Klonopin are teenagers and the elderly. Prescription drugs have become very popular among high school students, usually in upper and middle class homes. The drugs are more easily accessible there because parents tend to have decent health insurance and therefore are able to procure such drugs. In addition, prescription drug tests are not usually included in drug screenings. Teenagers are also more likely to utilize Klonopin because it is harder to detect than alcohol and offers the same effects. The elderly also have a tendency to abuse prescription drugs like Klonopin because they may misinterpret instructions or take pills more often in order to experience the effects of the drug.

Effects of Klonopin Abuse

Klonopin weighs on the heavier side of strength for the class of benzodiazepines. For this reason, a user can become easily dependent upon it within a matter of weeks. The main danger of abuse is that Klonopin affects the brain. Some people go into psychosis the first time they take it or experience hallucinations and delusions. Others feel unbalanced and anxious. Klonopin can cause irreversible brain damage if not used under medical supervision. Some people try to get off Klonopin by substituting Valium, but this just begins a new problem with a different drug.

Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms

When halting use of the drug, the body does not know how to function properly and therefore goes into withdrawal. Experiencing some of these symptoms could be a sign of Klonopin abuse:

  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Panic attacks
  • Seizures
  • Fever
  • Anxiety
  • Personality changes
  • Sensitivity to sound or light
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tension
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness

When these problems occur, people often feel like they need to stay on their medication just to prevent these symptoms from occurring again.

Klonopin Help

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