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Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms
With almost any substance that can cause dependence, the withdrawal symptoms are usually paradoxical to the effects of the substance. This means that withdrawal symptoms could be the opposite of the symptoms of taking Klonopin.
For example, Klonopin has an anxiety-relieving effect when it’s used. One of the main Klonopin withdrawal symptoms, however, is anxiety. Anxiety can emerge even if a person didn’t previously have those symptoms or it can worsen during Klonopin detox. Other behaviors and mood-related Klonopin withdrawal symptoms include paranoia, irritability, and problems with concentration. Possible Klonopin withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Muscle tension
- Muscle twitching
- Blurry vision
- Problems with balance and coordination
In rare cases, Klonopin withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Psychosis, grand mal seizures and malignant hyperthermia (a fast rise in body temperature and severe muscle contractions) are all possible. Benzodiazepines and alcohol tend to have the most severe and potentially deadly withdrawal symptoms.
Klonopin Detox in Orlando
While some people may try to detox from Klonopin on their own, it’s not recommended. Someone should consult a medical professional before attempting to stop using Klonopin. On an outpatient basis, a medical professional might recommend a gradual tapering down of the dosage in a managed way. For many people, especially people who used Klonopin for extended time periods, a medical detox program might be necessary.
During a medical Klonopin detox in Orlando, patients check into a facility. They receive around-the-clock care and attention as they go through Klonopin withdrawal. This is a high level of care, and detoxing from Klonopin fully is necessary to begin an addiction treatment program. During medical Klonopin detox, patients’ vitals can be regularly assessed to ensure there are no complications. Specific medicines can also be prescribed to reduce symptoms and increase comfort. Since some of the symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal can include seizures, suicidal behaviors and death, it is extremely important to seek professional guidance before detoxing.
When someone tries to stop using Klonopin, they may experience a setback. If you experience a setback after a period of not using benzodiazepines, you may overestimate your tolerance for the drug. This can significantly increase the likelihood of an overdose.
Some of the medicines that might be used during a Klonopin detox include buspirone and flumazenil. Buspirone is helpful for people who have anxiety and have a history of substance abuse. Buspirone can take several weeks before it’s effective. Flumazenil is a medication that can help reduce benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms because it activates the same receptor sites.
Klonopin Detox Timeline
There may be several concerns and questions that someone seeking treatment for Klonopin use disorder has like, how long does it take to detox from Klonopin? Or when do Klonopin withdrawal side effects start to get better? The answers can vary from person-to-person. Factors that play a role in the Klonopin withdrawal time include the extent of use, underlying mental and physical health, and whether other substances are also being used. The dosage of Klonopin someone uses relevant also. While everyone typically experiences Klonopin withdrawal differently and at their own pace, a general Klonopin withdrawal timeline might look like the following:
- Most people will start to experience Klonopin withdrawal symptoms in the first six to twelve hours after the last dose of the drug is taken. Some of the earliest withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, vomiting and sleep disturbances. These symptoms may continue for around three days. Day three is usually when symptoms will peak and after that, they will lessen in severity.
- During the first one to three days, “rebound” or new anxiety is likely to occur, and heart rate and breathing can increase. Sweating may start to occur as well.
- Many people will experience Klonopin withdrawal symptoms for anywhere from 10 to 14 days. Within three to four weeks, most people will find their symptoms have dissipated.
- Some people may experience longer symptoms if they were very heavily dependent on Klonopin. This is known as protracted withdrawal syndrome or PAWS.
Once someone has fully detoxed from Klonopin, they can begin addiction treatment. If you or someone you know would like more information about Klonopin withdrawal and safely detoxing from Klonopin, call and speak with a representative at The Orlando Recovery Center (ORC). In addition to Klonopin detox programs, a team of professionals at ORC offers comprehensive addiction treatment for benzodiazepines and other substances you or someone you love may be struggling with.
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