Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that act as central nervous system depressants, or sedatives and tranquilizers. These safe discontinuation rates were prospectively confirmed by 84 cases of CZP discontinuation in 54 other patients, and no seizure exacerbation occurred with these discontinuation rates. These rebound symptoms may be identical to the symptoms for which the drug was initially taken, or may be part of discontinuation symptoms. Klonopin withdrawal symptoms may be similar to alcohol withdrawal and may include serious side effects. Didn't get the message? The issue of drug withdrawal". Despite taking a constant therapeutic dose, long-term use of benzodiazepines may lead to the emergence of withdrawal-like symptoms, particularly between doses.
Withdrawal from Klonopin includes the following symptoms: Klonopin is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine. Some long-term users may have symptoms that remain for months or even years after acute withdrawal. These are known as protracted withdrawal or post-acute withdrawal symptoms PAWS. They are believed to be due to certain neurochemical changes that take place in the central nervous system from chronic substance abuse. Symptoms of post-acute withdrawal may include: Problems focusing or remembering things.
To manage PAWS, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommends staying physically and mentally active, joining support groups, and practicing good sleep habits. Your experience will be based on individual factors, such as:. Klonopin withdrawal should take place under medical care, either by a physician or other medical professional or in a supervised rehab program or detox center. Withdrawing without treatment entails several risks , including seizure, relapse, and possible exacerbation or emergence of physical and mental health issues.
Before detox, you will typically receive an assessment from a licensed health professional. They will ask about your medical history, mental health condition, severity of your Klonopin addiction, and other items. Based on your evaluation, you will be given a tailored detox plan, that may include a tapering schedule and additional medicines, if necessary. Tapering is a smooth and slow decline in the dose of Klonopin used so that the body can recover to its normal state.
Withdrawing suddenly from a benzodiazepine can be dangerous. To be safe, a steady decrease in the dose gives the body time to recuperate. Some medical professionals use substitute medications to taper. For example, Valium diazepam may be used to minimize Klonopin withdrawal and then tapered itself. If you are at risk for experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms such as delirium or seizures, you may be referred to a more hands-on treatment setting such as a hospital or inpatient treatment center.
After you successfully discontinue Klonopin, you will transition into the next phase of substance abuse treatment, which can include entering a formal program in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. In many cases, you can transition into an ongoing treatment program run by the same facility that managed your detox. Continuing with your treatment beyond detox can help minimize relapse risks down the road.
Very sad that your child had to suffer through this. I managed to have almost all of the symptoms on the list, after a decade on relatively high doses. It really is that bad. How did you know to try cannibis? Did you find a dr who could help? So sorry to read this. Im still healing 2 and a half plus years later. Put on for ptsd after leaving a DV relationship. Docs kept me on very high doses for 11 years.
Took myself off over a 4 month period. Still not back to life as I knew it. But am hopeful to have survived and even worse nightmare than the domestic violence. Hope that Calvin is doing better. I know it's a very long process. This is what we are dealing with, what our eleven-year-old son, Calvin, is dealing with and it's why we spent twelve hours in the ER in February fighting stubborn seizures.
He's been on high doses of benzos clonazepam and now clobazam for nearly eight years. In hindsight, my guess is that his seizures were never debilitating or numerous enough to warrant treating him with benzodiazepines when there were many other options, albeit problematic in their own right, to choose from he was having about a dozen seizures each month, not hundreds in a day, a week or even in a month like some children do. And though I thought I had educated myself on benzos, it wasn't enough, because I wasn't aware of what you are about to read below.
No one told me, and my concerns about their possible side effects were assuaged by his former doctors, which is, perhaps, their custom. I found out about it when it was too late: Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome —often abbreviated to benzo withdrawal—is the cluster of symptoms that emerge when a person who has taken benzodiazepines and has developed a physical dependence undergoes dosage reduction or discontinuation. Development of physical dependence and or addiction and the resulting withdrawal symptoms, some of which may last for years , may result from either drug seeking behaviors or from taking the medication as prescribed.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal is characterized by sleep disturbance, irritability, increased tension and anxiety, panic attacks, hand tremor, sweating, difficulty with concentration, confusion and cognitive difficulty, memory problems, dry retching and nausea, weight loss, palpitations, headache, muscular pain and stiffness, a host of perceptual changes, hallucinations, seizures, psychosis, and suicide. Further, these symptoms are notable for the manner in which they wax and wane and vary in severity from day to day or week by week instead of steadily decreasing in a straightforward monotonic manner.
It is a potentially serious condition, and is complex and often protracted in time course. Long-term use, defined as daily use for at least three months, is not desirable because of the associated increased risk of dependence, dose escalation, loss of efficacy, increased risk of accidents and falls, particularly for the elderly, as well as cognitive, neurological, and intellectual impairments. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be severe and can provoke life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, particularly with abrupt or over-rapid dosage reduction from high doses or long time users.
A severe withdrawal response can nevertheless occur despite gradual dose reduction , or from relatively low doses in short time users, even after a single large dose in animal models. A minority of individuals will experience a protracted withdrawal syndrome whose symptoms may persist at a sub-acute level for months, or years after cessation of benzodiazepines. The likelihood of developing a protracted withdrawal syndrome can be minimized by a slow, gradual reduction in dosage.