Klonopin Side Effects
The effects of Klonopin are likely to carry on long after the drug is no longer taken and may last weeks or even months. Some of the side effects that an addict will feel may be mild to moderate but in severe cases there is a chance that the side effects of Klonopin withdrawal can become a danger to the individual. During these instances, it’s important to seek immediate medical care to ensure the safety of the addict while no longer taking the drug. Like other benzodiazepines, Klonopin has a strong potential for abuse and it does cause physical dependence so it should be tapered off slowly to ensure the least impact on the addict in terms of withdrawal.
Physical Side Effects of Klonopin Addiction
Physically, the individual will feel numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, arms or legs when they begin to withdraw from Klonopin. There may be other physical side effects as well such as restlessness, sweating and nausea or vomiting. Heart palpitations and rapid heartbeat are also possible as the individual begins to withdraw from Klonopin or as the withdrawal process progresses. Changes in the heart beat can be a danger to the addict and must be monitored with great care to ensure safety. Other physical side effects of Klonopin addiction and withdrawal include fever, headaches and insomnia.
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Emotional Side Effects of Klonopin Addiction
Emotionally the individual who stops taking Klonopin is likely to suffer even more severe anxiety and panic attacks than they did before being prescribed the medication. These attacks may become more frequent in occurrence as well. Hallucinations are possible if the drug is abruptly eliminated from the equation and personality changes are also likely to occur. Depression and irritability as well as memory loss and confusion are also possible when Klonopin is no longer used.
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Reversing the Side Effects of Klonopin
There are not necessarily any ways of reversing the side effects of Klonopin addiction and withdrawal but there are methods of treating the emotional and physical effects that withdrawal has on the addict. Medications can be used to treat fever, increases in heart rate and panic attacks as well as depression and insomnia. Drinking plenty of fluids will help to reduce the time that it takes to detox and will also keep the body hydrated if the individual has a fever or is sweating profusely. Tension and irritability can be moderately managed with rest, acupuncture and other holistic methods such as massage therapy. The best help for an individual that is trying to overcome Klonopin addiction is time to heal.