Unintentional Klonopin Dependence

Unintentional Klonopin Dependence

Klonopin is a benzodiazepine which treats a number of different conditions, including anxiety, panic disorders and seizures. It may also be used to induce sleep and as a muscle relaxant. As with other benzodiazepines, Klonopin dependence can develop easily and rapidly.

Developing Klonopin Tolerance

The first step in the development of dependency is tolerance, in which the body counteracts the drug’s effects. Generally, people first develop tolerance to Klonopin’s ability to induce sleep. After a few weeks, tolerance develops to the drug’s muscle-relaxing and anti-convulsant properties. It may take a few months for tolerance to develop.

Many of Klonopin’s effects are due to how it affects the neurotransmitter GABA. Tolerance develops because the body senses that levels are out of balance, so it attempts to compensate. The body may both reduce the number of GABA receptors and also make them less sensitive.

How Klonopin Addiction Develops

Physical dependence on Klonopin occurs when the body adapts to such a degree that neurotransmitters are only in balance when the drug is present. When the drug is absent, withdrawal symptoms occur. Physical dependence develops in about a third of people who take Klonopin under medical supervision for more than four weeks. The rate is much higher in those who abuse the drug.

Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to recognize that dependency is forming. This is due in part to the nature of withdrawal symptoms. Because withdrawal symptoms are caused by the body fighting the drug, they tend to oppose the drug’s primary effects. In other words, drug withdrawal symptoms often mimic the conditions for which the drug was originally prescribed. Klonopin withdrawal symptoms may include anxiety, insomnia and seizures, so it is often difficult for people to realize that their symptoms are related to drug withdrawal and not just an extension of the original condition. Patients often need professional help to determine whether underlying conditions still exist and how to address them.

Klonopin dependency can have a psychological dimension as well. When the drug seems to be the only thing that relieves suffering, it is easy for people to think that they cannot function without it. Therefore, they will place increasing importance on acquiring and using it. People are addicted when they lose control over their consumption of Klonopin and continue taking it despite negative consequences.

It is dangerous to abruptly quit using Klonopin when dependency develops. Tapering use under a doctor’s supervision is suggested. It is recommended that you seek medically supervised detox if you have an addiction.

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