Klonopin or clonazepam is a medication doctors prescribe to reduce the incidence of seizures, anxiety and panic disorder. The medication is considered a controlled substance and has a high potential for drug abuse. When a person experiences these conditions, the brain is working very fast, which can increase anxiety. Klonopin works by slowing down the brain's processing, thereby creating feelings of relaxation.
Klonopin belongs to a class of medications known as benzodiazepines. These medications have a high potential for abuse and were formerly highly available through prescription. However, as more information has come to light about their abuse and addiction, doctors have begun to prescribe them more carefully. Drugs that are also found in the benzodiazepine category include midazolam (Versed), alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium).
Symptoms of addiction to this drug include dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech and poor coordination. When taken in large amounts, it can slow the user's respiratory system. In the worst-case scenario, a person may stop breathing or slip into a comatose state.
Continued and prolonged abuse can lead to anxiety, insomnia, appetite loss, headaches and muscle weakness. Addiction to Klonopin can leave a person physically unable to control cravings for the drug. They may begin to engage in dangerous or illegal behaviors in order to obtain the drug, such as "doctor shopping" or buying the drug illegally.
Some who abuse the medication may choose to take it with alcohol. This is an unhealthy combination that can lead to serious side effects. The drug acts as a central nervous system depressant as does the alcohol. This can cause a person's breathing to slow, loss of consciousness and even death from overdose.
Both Klonopin and the benzodiazepine alprazolam (Xanax) are prescribed to treat anxiety. Both medications are also associated with a high potential for abuse. A doctor is more likely to prescribe Klonopin for seizures, epilepsy, insomnia and panic disorders. Xanax is a medication doctors prescribe for anxiety and depression-related anxiety.
Klonopin has a longer half-life than Xanax, which means the drug stays in a person's system longer. This can make clonazepam a more difficult medication to withdraw or detox from. Some people may find that it relieves their anxiety symptoms, while others may find Xanax is a more effective drug.
Examples of symptoms associated with Klonopin withdrawal include memory loss, panic attacks, seizures, hallucinations, dizziness and hallucinations.
Treatment for Klonopin dependence focuses first on breaking the physical aspect of addiction. Withdrawal symptoms often depend upon how much of the drug the person is abusing. Because detoxing from this medication can cause severe anxiety, this detox process is often best approached at a rehabilitation facility. Addiction specialists can help you work through the withdrawal symptoms, often without the need to prescribe additional medications to help relieve a person's anxiety. Drug Treatment Centers Syracuse can help you find a treatment center that will help you with your Klonopin addiction, please call (315) 679-4395.