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Klonopin Addiction and its Dangers

Last Updated on September 3, 2015 by Inspire Malibu

24 hour helpline call usKlonopin is a strong muscle relaxer and anti-convulsant drug that is used by physicians to treat patients suffering from epilepsy and to help them relieve specific types of panic attacks. It is available in both a pill and a disintegrating tablet form and is normally taken one to three times a day. It is a part of the benzodiazepine family and contains a high risk of chemical dependence.

Klonopin is also a central nervous system depressant and helps to calm patients by causing a rise in the occurrence of gammaaminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitters inside the brain. The discharge of extra GABA lowers abnormal brain activity and generates drowsiness and calms the user. Klonopin is sometimes also referred to as a sedative or tranquilizer. The drug is habit-forming and the chances of patients becoming addicted to it are relatively high.

The side effects of Klonopin are quite extensive and range from mild to severe.

Some of the mild side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of libido
  • Impaired motor function
  • Irritability

Some of the more severe and long-term side effects can include:

  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Rage
  • Incontinence
  • Liver damage
  • Cognitive impairment issues

Klonopin Addiction

These side effects can last up to six months once the addict has stopped using the drug.  It is essential get into rehab and treat the addiction as soon as possible.

The users of Klonopin can become chemically dependent inside of four weeks after starting the drug and at the same time, it is important to note that the withdrawal symptoms can be quite difficult to control.

Sudden withdrawal from Klonopin can lead to:

  • Psychosis
  • Aggressiveness
  • Hallucinations
  • Dysphoric manifestations
  • Epilepticus

Because of the intensity of the drug, it is important to intervene at the earliest point possible.

For more information on Klonpin or if you know someone with a Klonopin Addiction call us toll-free.

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