Clonazepam Side Effects
Clonazepam, brand name Klonopin, is a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines are anti-anxiety medicines, which fall into the category of central nervous system depressants, or sedatives. This means they activate neurotransmitters (GABA) in the brain which inhibit nervous activity. The result is a calming effect and state of well-being. However, sudden cessation (withdrawal) can lead to quite opposite clonazepam side effects.
They are often used in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. Additionally, they are sometimes used for post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, phobias, or seizures. Occasionally, they are used to help detox persons from alcohol and other substances.
As a depressant, clonazepam works very well. However, like all benzodiazepines, it has the potential for addiction. Taking clonazepam for extended periods of time can lead to dependency. Also, it has the potential for tolerance. This means that the dosage may need to be increased in order to maintain the same effects. Tolerance can occur within 4-6 weeks of regular use.
Also, benzodiazepines have a high risk for abuse. Abuse occurs when someone with a prescription begins using more of the drug at one time or more frequently. Also, taking clonazepam without a prescription is considered abuse, as well as illegal,.
Withdrawing from clonazepam after an extended duration may result in unwanted side effects. These include the following:
Clonazepam Psychological Side Effects
- Sleep disturbance, including nightmares and insomnia
Clonazepam Emotional Side Effects
- Mood swings
- Increased anxiety and depression
- Suicide ideology
Clonazepam Physical Side Effects
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches and pains
- Stomach cramps
The length of time it takes for withdrawal effects to subside depends largely on the extent of the addiction, including regular dosage, duration of use, and individual factors. Also known as PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome) clonazepam withdrawal can last as long as 90 days in some cases.
If you or someone you know is an addict, please seek help immediately.
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