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What is Klonopin?

June 5, 2018

Klonopin Overview

Klonopin is a prescription drug from the addictive benzodiazepine class that is used to reduce anxiety from panic attacks and or prevent seizures.

Users are often prescribed klonopin as a short-term fix for their problem.

This prescription drug works by slowing brain activity to help users reduce stress and agitation.

Doctors can also prescribe klonopin for:

  • Insomnia
  • Acute anxiety treatment
  • People with epilepsy manage seizures
  • People experiencing withdrawal symptoms from alcohol or other drugs

Street names for klonopin can include:

  • Tranks
  • Benzos
  • Downers
  • Nerve pills
  • K-pins

It is currently the second post prescribed benzodiazepine with Xanax being the first.

Klonopin is not recommended for long-term use as it is very addictive and has a long half-life.

What are the effects of Klonopin Abuse?

People get addicted to Klonopin due to the pleasurable feelings the drug can produce. Those feelings can include:

  • Relaxed mindset
  • Feeling of being calm
  • Euphoric feeling
  • Reduced muscle tension

What are the risks of being addicted to Klonopin?

It is easy for users to get addicted to the feelings it causes which can lead to dangerous physical & psychological side effects that include:  

  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • New or worsening Seizures
  • CNS Depression
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts

Additionally, addiction sets in with extended use of Klonopin as users can feel they can no longer relax or feel calm without the drug.

How do I know if I have become addicted to Klonopin?

Signs that you have developed an addiction for Klonopin include:

  • Frequent cravings for Klonopin
  • Wanting to quit but being unable to
  • Lack of interest in social and or professional obligations  
  • Increased tolerance to Klonopin

What happens if I stop taking Klonopin?

If you have developed an addiction to Klonopin it is important to seek medical attention when attempting to quit.

Users who have built a tolerance will experience significant withdrawal symptoms that can include:

  • Severe anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Seizures
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased pulse rate

What is the best way to get treated for Klonopin?

Due to the dangerous withdrawal symptoms experts recommend inpatient rehab so users can have 24/7 supervision.

For a full understanding of inpatient rehab visit our post here

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Mark Lambert

Mark Lambert

Mark joined the Addiction Help Team in 2017. Learning the business from the ground up, he now utilizes his expertise in addiction, treatment and recovery to help create content for Addiction Help Today. Mark enjoys playing golf and hockey in his spare time. He is from Toronto and went to school on the east coast of Canada .

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