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Clonazepam Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Clonazepam withdrawal is a common concern for people who take the medication for medicinal purposes and for those who have developed a dependency to it from recreational use. The medication is often prescribed as an anticonvulsant for seizure disorders, and it is also prescribed to treat severe anxiety, insomnia, and the side effects of certain psychiatric medications. Because it has a sedative effect, it can become psychologically addictive. The effects it has on the central nervous system can also lead to physical dependency.

Abuse of this drug occurs in several ways. People who are prescribed clonazepam or Klonopin may take larger doses than ordered by their doctors, or they may take it more frequently than needed. People who obtain it illegally take it in pill form or crush and snort it to get high. Clonazepam has a longer effect than some of the other benzodiazepines. It is similar to Valium, which is also abused as a downer. In addition to causing sleepiness, clonazepam can cause blurred vision, dizziness, and unsteadiness. When taking large doses, a person may become hostile or experience disturbing dreams. There is also a risk of overdose.

Withdrawing from Clonazepam: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Clonazepam withdrawal symptoms can be reduced or prevented with a gradual reduction of the dosage. This method for coming off benzodiazepines is often used for patients who experience side effects or need different types of medication for their conditions. However, a physician may also use this method for patients who use it illegally. However, this method is only used at inpatient treatment facilities. A physician would not prescribe gradual reduction on an outpatient basis for someone with a history of benzodiazepine abuse.

A person who has overdosed or started withdrawal may be advised to detox. During withdrawal from clonazepam, a patient may experience:

  • Anxiety and increased perspiration
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Tremors or seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Behavioral changes
  • Bodily aches and cramps

Completing this process at an inpatient clinic can be more comfortable than withdrawing at home, because physicians can help patients manage the symptoms. Detoxing in a clinic also helps a person completely avoid benzodiazepine use during the withdrawal process, which allows for a more rapid recovery. Although inpatient treatment is advised, some patients also have the option of detoxing at home. The recommended course of action will depend on the person's level of dependency, the existence of other physical or mental health conditions, and the level of support available in the community.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

People who stop taking clonazepam after long-term use may initially feel increased levels of anxiety or an inability to cope with stress, particularly if they began using it to manage these feelings. This is treatable, however, and is a primary component of rehab.

During individual or group counseling sessions, a therapist can provide several forms of assistance, including:

  • Cognitive therapy, which helps people manage anxiety-inducing thought processes
  • Behavioral therapy, which focuses  on the formation of new habits and coping skills
  • Educational and self-help materials
  • Introductions to different stress management techniques
  • Help with any underlying mental health conditions

 

Rehabilitation, whether it is provided through inpatient or outpatient facilities, can also assist people with social or interpersonal issues, housing and career options, relapse prevention, family difficulties, and legal issues. The types of assistance provided depend on the facility and your individual needs. In many cases, a social worker can refer the person to various resources in the community for any type of help needed. Addressing areas of stress and working toward personal goals can reduce a person's urges to use and also help him or her overcome these urges when they occur.

While receiving professional treatment from counselors and physicians, patients should also consider meeting with support groups such as SMART Recovery or Narcotics Anonymous. For many people in recovery, these types of groups eventually become primary sources of support.

Clonazapem Information at a Glance
Medication Name, CostsClass of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Clonazepam
  • Generic Name Variations: N/A
  • Chemical Name: N/A
  • Brand Name: Klonopin
  • Brand Name Variations: N/A
  • Cost/Price: $270/180 mg
  • Used to Treat Addiction? No
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Treat panic attacks, insomnia, anxiety
  • Function or Use at High Dose: Treat seizures
  • Chemical Makeup: C15H10ClN3O3
  • System: CNS depressant
  • Duration of Action: 6 to 8 hours
Form, Intake, and DosageInteractions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tablet
  • Administration Routes: Oral
  • Dosage: 1.5 mg/day
  • Overdose: Exceeding 1.5 mg over 24 hours
  • Alcohol Interaction: Added depressive effects
  • Illicit Drugs: N/A
  • Prescription Medications: Added depressive effects when taken with other CNS depressants
  • Contraindications: Liver disease, untreated glaucoma, acute narrow angle glaucoma
Effects and Adverse ReactionsSubstance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Ataxia, drowsiness, abnormal coordination, dizziness, memory loss, fatigue
  • Long-Term: depression, behavioral problems, fatal overdose is possible
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: High
  • Signs of Abuse: Drowsiness, confusion, coma
Physiological Problem Signs and SymptomsDependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: 24-72 hours
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: anxiety, sleep problems, weight loss, seizures, psychosis
  • Tolerance: Users may develop tolerance
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence: Possible
  • Psychological Dependence: Possible
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule IV



Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Clonazepam Withdrawals Last?

The timeline for each patient is different, depending on the length of usage. Most patients experience symptoms 24 to72 hours after their last dose, with maximum intensity at 5 to 7 days.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Clonazepam?

Benzos, downers, nerve pills, tranks

What are Common Misspellings?

Clonazapam withdrawl, Klonazepam withdrawls, Clonazepem withdrawel, Klonazapam withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

Home remedies are not advised due to their lack of success in providing relief during detoxification. Flushing the system out with water may help to ease withdrawal symptoms; however, it is best to forego any ‘natural’ or alternative methods in favor of immediate professional help.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Clonazepam?

Clonazepam can remain in the system for up to 5 days. To research your options for different recovery programs, call 1-888-658-5242 or visit our locator page. The sooner you get help for you or your loved one, the sooner you can start the road to recovery.

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