Klonopin is a brand name prescription medication (generically known as clonazepam) that is used to treat symptoms of seizures and panic disorders. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved clonazepam in 1975. Klonopin belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. It affects the central nervous system by blocking certain neurotransmitters, and essentially lessening electrical activity in the brain. When taken exactly as directed by a qualified medical professional, it can be a highly effective medication and an individual that is prescribed Klonopin can experience panic disorder and/ or seizure disorder symptom-related relief. Klonopin is intended for short-term use only. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “psychical dependence may develop after 2 or more weeks of daily use.” Long-term Klonopin abuse could lead to a plethora of adverse short and long-term consequences.
Every individual is different and each person that struggles with Klonopin abuse will experience a unique combination of side effects. The duration and severity of presenting side effects will be dependent on a number of contributing factors (e.g. personal health history, how long the individual abuse Klonopin, the frequency of use, dosage abused, if the individual mixed Klonopin with other substances, etc.). Commonly reported side effects associated with Klonopin abuse can include, but are not limited to the following examples, as provided by the Mayo Clinic:
- Memory problems
- Mental confusion
- Gastrointestinal complications
- Impaired cognition
- Reduced libido
- Muscle weakness
- Poor coordination
- Violent behavior
Other potential effects of long-term Klonopin abuse can include: brain atrophy, tremors, lowered sex drive, and weakened immune system. In addition to the variety of adverse short-term side effects an individual struggling with Klonopin abuse could develop, the list of potential long-term side effects should not be overlooked. For example, Psychology Today states cerebral ventricular enlargement –which can further neurological impairment—has been noted as a side effect of long-term benzodiazepine use. Further, once a dependency has developed, it is common for the individual to take increasing amounts of Klonopin in order to satisfy his or her cravings, which can, in turn, exponentially raise his or her risk of overdose.
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