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Klonopin is one of the names under which the molecule Clonazepam is commercialized.
Clonazepam belongs to the class of benzodiazepines, which is a class of medication with a tropism for the central nervous system. Clonazepam can be prescribed to treat conditions like: anxiety, panic disorder and seizures.
Benzodiazepines are such a powerful and potentially dangerous class of medication that even doctors are reluctant to prescribe them. Indeed they require precise precautions and close monitoring and surveillance.
Sadly however, Clonazepam is more and more used worldwide as a recreational drug. This can be very dangerous not only for the person using, but for those surrounding him or her as well.
Klonopin is available as a tablet that’s taken by mouth. We hope this article can shed some light on this molecule.
Clonazepam or Klonopin can be prescribed for anxiety disorders, panic disorders and seizures to name a few. They are contraindicated (not to be taken) in the case of allergy to Clonazepam or other benzodiazepines, glaucoma, severe kidney or liver failure.
Clonazepam can interact with many medications (heart medication, allergy medication…) as well as with alcohol. That’s why it’s important not to mix it with other drugs.
Precautions are to be taken in young women, because Clonazepam is prohibited during pregnancy (risk of baby malformations or miscarriage), and during nursing (reaches breast milk and can affect the baby).
Precautions are also to be taken in the elderly (need of a lower dosage), and people who operate heavy machinery.
Clonazepam has many side effects. Some are serious and require medical care, such as: worsening seizures or symptoms, suicidal thoughts, shallow breathing, involuntary eye movements and severe drowsiness.
Other side effects will usually disappear after the first few weeks, and they include: fatigue, sleepiness, constipation, nausea and lack of coordination, to name a few.
The case of clandestine use:
Clonazepam is an extremely dangerous molecule, which as mentioned earlier even when prescribed by a doctor calls for a lot of close monitoring and precautions. Sadly though, it is also used as a recreational drug, which makes it even more dangerous:
Clonazepam is prescribed as an anxiolytic, which means it takes away worries. That’s awesome in people who suffer from anxiety or panic disorder. However, it can cause people who use it as a recreational drug to feel as though everything is possible. It makes them feel above the clouds, above the rules and it removes all cares in the world. This is usually the effect people are after. Sadly though, this can stop people on Clonazepam from thinking of the consequences of their actions, making them feel entitled. This can cause agitation and aggressive behavior both towards themselves and towards others.
Clonazepam can also increase feelings of depression. If taken without the supervision of a doctor (who will recognize the depressive symptoms and stop the medication), and in addition to the anxiolytic effect (no rules, no limits), the person on Clonazepam can act on their feelings of sadness and depression and even proceed to take their own life.
Clonazepam also causes sleepiness, drowsiness, loss of coordination, loss of balance and increased reaction time. This means people under clonazepam shouldn’t operate neither heavy machinery nor drive. It’s advisable to stay away from some kitchen activities such as chopping with a sharp knife or operating the oven or gas. Clonazepam also causes a loss of concentration and memory loss, which makes accidents more likely to happen.
Clonazepam is such a powerful and highly addicting drug, it is known (along other Benzodiazepenes) for their: dependency, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.
Tolerance is when a person needs a higher dosage of Clonazepam to achieve the sensations once achieved by a lower dosage. The more tolerant a person is of Clonazepam (Tolerance increases with prolonged use), the more risks for their health. Withdrawal will also be harder with more intense symptoms.
Dependency: is when a person becomes dependant to a substance. Meaning they need their daily fix and they become addicted. Benzodiazepines are known to be addicting after 4 weeks of use. That’s why even doctors rarely go past a month of use.
Withdrawal symptoms: If the body doesn’t get its fix of Clonazepam, or if the medication is abruptly stopped, withdrawal symptoms can be experienced. They range from moodiness, sleepiness, nausea, involuntary eye movement, to more severe symptoms such as aggressiveness, vomiting, agitation, and a rapid heartbeat.
That’s why when the medication needs to be stopped; doctors decrease the dosage gradually until stopping it completely, but never abruptly.
Since Clonazepam is known for its tolerance, people are more likely to increase their dosage overtime which puts them at risk of overdosing.
This risk is more important If Clonazepam is mixed with alcohol or other drugs.
Signs of overdosing are: profound sedation, respiratory difficulties, confusion, loss of consciousness, coma and death. Needless to say, if a person you know is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
The case of addiction:
Klonopin or Clonazepam is used as a recreational drug in many countries, which is dangerous for both the person taking it and their families or surroundings. Aside from taking a psychological and financial toll on their lives, Clonazepam addiction can also put their life at risk.
Clonazepam is an extremely addictive drug; if you or people you know are addicted to Klonopin, we at Wisdom treatment centers want you to know that help is available and recovery is possible.
Going to a facility and having a team helping you is essential for a successful recovery. You will be closely monitored, you will be prescribed medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and you will have a support team guiding you along the way.