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Klonopin Withdrawal & Detox

Klonopin, a brand name for clonazepam, is a long-acting benzodiazepine that is prescribed to treat panic disorder and seizure disorders.1,2 When using clonazepam, physical dependence may occur if taken daily for 2 weeks or more.2 Withdrawal symptoms may occur if clonazepam is abruptly stopped or the dosage is reduced too quickly.3 To help manage withdrawal symptoms, which can be severe and life-threatening, it is recommended that individuals be under medical supervision while discontinuing any benzodiazepine, including clonazepam.4

Klonopin Dependence and Withdrawal

Dependence is not the same as addiction, but Klonopin addiction can include dependence on the substance.3 Dependence is the body’s natural physiological adaptation from taking a drug repeatedly, when the body needs the drug to function normally, and is marked by withdrawal symptoms if the drug dosage is reduced or the drug is stopped altogether.3 Regular, daily use of clonazepam may result in physical dependence on the drug.3 Dependence develops more quickly when a person takes higher doses of Klonopin.

It is recommended that you stop using clonazepam only under medical supervision as withdrawal symptoms may be severe and life-threatening.

Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms

The risk of more severe withdrawal symptoms increases with longer use and higher doses of clonazepam.3 Additionally, mixing drugs (combining with opioids, alcohol, or other illicit substances) can increase the risk of serious withdrawal symptoms as well as life-threatening respiratory depression, overdose, and death.3

Some potential clonazepam withdrawal symptoms may include:3

  • Abnormal involuntary movements.
  • Anxiety.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Depression.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fatigue.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Weight loss.
  • Headache.
  • Irritability.
  • Insomnia.
  • Memory impairment.
  • Muscle pain and stiffness.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Restlessness.
  • Catatonia.
  • Convulsions.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Psychosis.
  • Seizures.
  • Suicidality.

How Long Does Klonopin Withdrawal Last?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fifth Edition (DSM 5), benzodiazepines with longer half-lives can have withdrawal symptoms that last several weeks.6 The half-life of a drug shows how long it takes for that specific substance to reach half of its initial starting dose in the body.7 The typical timeline of withdrawal from a long-acting benzodiazepine like Klonopin is:6

  • Symptoms develop about five days to a week after stopping use.
  • Symptom intensity peaks in week 2.
  • Symptoms decrease and are generally resolved around weeks 3 or 4.

Some symptoms may continue over several months at a lesser level.6

Professional Klonopin Detox Programs

Since there is an increased risk of severe and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms if a person dependent on clonazepam significantly reduces or stops taking it suddenly, it is recommended to have medical supervision when discontinuing clonazepam to ensure your safety and mitigate the risk of experiencing severe and dangerous withdrawal symptoms.4

Detoxification treatment includes evaluation, stabilization, and potential preparation for substance abuse treatment.4 During evaluation, you may be tested for which substances are in your bloodstream, their concentration levels and if you have any co-occurring mental or physical conditions that may impact your treatment.4

After evaluation, the process of detoxification will begin.4 Once you are stabilized, you will be transitioned into appropriate drug rehab treatment.4

Supportive medication may be utilized to help manage individual withdrawal symptoms during detoxification.

If you or a loved one are struggling with Klonopin misuse, We are available 24/7.

Treatment Following Detox

Additional treatment after detoxification may help individuals be more successful in their recovery efforts. Connecting those who have completed detoxification to treatment for benzodiazepine addiction can protect against relapse and better support long-term sobriety.4

An assessment of your physical, psychological, and social needs—including the presence of any co-occurring mental health disorders—will help you and treatment providers to develop an individualized treatment plan.4 You will also work to identify substance use triggers and risk factors in your environment, develop coping strategies to mitigate those triggers and risk factors, and receive medical or psychiatric care as needed.4

Co-occurring disorders that you may receive care for while in treatment may include:6, Pg 556-557, Sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic use disorder: Comorbidity

  • Substance use disorder (for additional substances like alcohol and opioids).
  • Antisocial personality disorder.
  • Depressive disorders.
  • Anxiety disorders.
  • Bipolar disorders.

Klonopin Withdrawal FAQs

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