Klonopin is a brand name of clonazepam, which is used to control seizures and panic attacks. In a class of medications known as benzodiazepines, Klonopin works by lowering abnormally high electrical activity in the brain.
Alternative & street names:
Klonopin may be used interchangeably with other brand name clonazepam drugs, such as Ceberclon and Valpax.
On the street, Klonopin may be known as “pins,” “K-pin,” or “super Valium.”
How is Klonopin taken?
Klonopin is taken orally as a tablet or as a disintegrating tablet that dissolves in the mouth.
Effects of Klonopin consumption
Klonopin helps control seizures and panic attacks, but it doesn’t cure them. It may take a week or more to feel the full effects.
Patients should continue to take Klonopin even after they feel well and should not stop taking it regularly without talking to their doctor.
Additionally, Klonopin and other forms of clonazepam can be addictive, so patients should take it only as prescribed by their doctors.
Impact on the mind/body and health risks
Klonopin side effects may includes drowsiness or dizziness, unsteadiness or problems with coordination, difficulty thinking or remembering, increased saliva, muscle or joint pain, frequent urination, blurred vision, changes in sex drive or ability.
Patients should call their doctor immediately if they experience any of these Klonopin side effects - rash or hives, swelling of the eyes, face, lips throat or tongue, difficulty breathing or swallowing.
Signs of Klonopin
Teenagers are more likely to abuse Klonopin because it induces a drunk-like high but is harder to detect than alcohol. However, the risks of taking Klonopin are much greater than drinking, including possible overdose. It is especially dangerous to mix drinking alcohol with using Klonopin.
Symptoms of Klonopin overdose may include drowsiness, confusion, coma, or death(although uncommon).
The chance of overdose and death by overdose on Klonopin are increased when its use is combined with other drugs like alcohol.
Common treatment options
Klonopin withdrawal should always be done under the supervision of a doctor, ideally in a 24/7 detox treatment center because of likelihood for a troubling withdrawal process that could require medical attention.
Klonopin withdrawal/detox symptoms
A Klonopin user who tries to quit cold turkey could experience painful withdrawal within hours of the last dose, which could include convulsions that could lead to death, delusions, or psychosis.