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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Clonazepam Overview

Clonazepam Addiction TreatmentClonazepam is a prescription medication taken alone or in combination with other prescription pills to control certain types of seizures and panic attacks. It works by reducing the amount of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The medication comes in the form of a tablet, which can be swallowed, or an orally disintegrating tablet. Typically, it is taken between one and three times a day depending on necessity. Clonazepam is also known to be helpful in the treatment of akathisia, which is motor restlessness and the need for constant movement, as well as acute catatonic reactions.

Addictive Qualities of Clonazepam

While Clonazepam is designed to help control panic attacks and related issues, many abuse the medication for its muscle-relaxing and hypnotic qualities and properties. The prescription pills are often abused when taken more often than prescribed or with-out a prescription at all. In as little as two weeks, it is possible for physical dependence to arise, even if taken by the doctor's order.

Dependence and Tolerance Clonazepam

The most common frontline symptom of dependence of Clonazepam is the generation of tolerance overtime. This means that as abuse continues, regular and spaced-out doses of the drug will not be as effective or effective at all. In order to beat the tolerance and once again experience the high provided by the drug, higher and more frequent doses will be taken. This in turn will make the addiction worse. Another telltale sign of addiction is the experience of one or more withdrawal symptoms when the drug abuse is stopped.

Effects and Side Effects of Clonazepam

Short-Term Effects

Clonazepam is known to produce quick effects such as muscle-relaxation, and a light hypnotic effect that helps users remain calm and relaxed. However, there are a number of short term side-effects that can be experienced:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Imbalance
  • Coordination loss
  • Difficulty in thinking or remembering
  • Increased production of saliva
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision

The side-effects are considered common with certain users of Clonazepam, and if experienced, a doctor should be notified. Other side effects can be considerably more serious and require immediate doctor attention, where the use of the medication should be stopped.

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling in the eyes, face, lips, tongue or throat
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Hoarseness
Long-Term Effects

There are a few known long-term side effects of Clonazepam which can be very hazardous to both mental and physical health. These effects are usually experienced by people who have been long prescribed the medication and have ignored such side-effects, or, by users who have developed severe cases of substance abuse and dependency.

  • Memory Problems
  • Behavioral and mood swings
  • Depression
  • Severe skin rash
  • Severe loss of coordination and bodily control
  • Erratic behavior

These side effects denote a serious problem due to practices of medication use and are typically a sign of long-term dependency. Aside from these symptoms, Clonazepam can cause damage to the heart, liver and kidneys, resulting in organ failure and possibly death.

Clonazepam Withdrawal and Detoxification

There are many risks that come along with Clonazepam addiction. Carried-out addiction can cause damage to physical, emotional, financial, and social aspects of healthy living. When seeking help for Clonazepam addiction, it is important to know that the following withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Tingling or numbness in limbs
  • Panic attacks
  • Loss of memory
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light or sound

Due to the nature of the withdrawal symptoms experienced in detoxification, it is highly suggested that individuals seeking help for addiction to Clonazepam take advantage of an inpatient detoxification setting. In this setting detoxification is managed by medical personnel, which insures that medical and mental support is given to guide an individual safely and correctly through detoxification.

At A Center for Addiction Recovery we help clients with a Clonazepam addiction to discover or rediscover the original problem or problems. Next we teach them how to overcome their problems with real-life solutions by equipping them with tools and life skills to confront and handle common obstacles encountered in life. Only when both the underlying reasons for the Clonazepam addiction and the Clonazepam addiction problem are resolved can a person become a healthy and happy member of society.

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