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What you need to know about Klonopin:

Generic Name: Clonazepam
Therapeutic Class: Anti-seizure and anti-panic
Popular Street Names: Tranks, downers, benzos, k-pin
Side Effects: confusion, hallucinations, hyperactivity, agitation, weak or shallow breathing, depressed mood, thoughts of suicide, chest tightness, fast heartbeat, painful urination, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, seizures, drowsiness, memory problems, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, skin rash, and weight changes

Klonopin is a central nervous system depressant classified as a benzodiazepine. It is used to slow the brain down and is commonly used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, epilepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, Tourette syndrome, schizophrenia and depression.

Klonopin has a high risk of being abused and long-term use always leads to low-dose dependence. Signs of Klonopin abuse are:

  • Consume a higher dosage than what is prescribed by the doctor
  • Taking it for non medical purposes
  • Developing an increased tolerance for Klonopin
  • Seeing multiple doctors to get extra Klonopin prescriptions
  • Forging prescriptions for Klonopin
  • Experience Klonopin withdrawal signs and symptoms when you don’t take it
  • Continued use of Klonopin to avoid withdrawal
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Demonstrating an overall loss of control or obsessive compulsive drug seeking behavior
  • Continued use of Klonopin in spite of clearly adverse consequences

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Those experiencing Klonopin withdrawal might experience psychosis, aggressiveness and even hallucinations. Signs of a Klonopin overdose include:

  • Coma
  • Hypotension
  • Impaired motor functions
  • Mental confusion
  • Difficulty staying awake
  • Nausea

Klonopin use should not be stopped all at once and should be reduced slowly in a medically supervised environment to ensure patient safety.

WARNING: Withdrawal symptoms, similar in character to those noted with barbiturates and alcohol (e.g., convulsions, psychosis, hallucinations, behavioral disorder, tremor, abdominal and muscle cramps) have occurred following abrupt discontinuance of clonazepam.  The more severe withdrawal symptoms have usually been limited to those patients who received excessive doses over an extended period of time.

If you or someone you know has a prescription drug abuse problem, please call 800-585-7527. Our admissions counselors can answer your questions or schedule an assessment.

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  • State of Florida
  • Certified by Broward County
  • “The Joint Commission” or TJC

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