Are Changes in My Loved One the Result of Clonazepam Addiction?
If your loved one is addicted to clonazepam (Klonopin) and you have noticed changes in her personality or behavior, it is likely that there is a cause and effect relationship. Clonazepam is a powerful sedative/hypnotic in the benzodiazepine family of drugs. Clonazepam has a high potency, fast onset and long lasting effects. Due to its tendency to produce tolerance and addiction clonazepam is not indicated for long-term medical use. Due to an increased tolerance for the drug, addiction to clonazepam will induce users to increase the dosage repeatedly. Long term use of clonazepam, especially at high doses, can indeed produce changes in personality and behavior.
Side Effects of Clonazepam
Clonazepam produces a host of negative side effects. Long term use of clonazepam, especially at high doses, will increase the occurrence and severity of side effects, as will combining clonazepam with alcohol or other CNS (central nervous system) depressants. The appearance of any of these side effects may be a result of clonazepam addiction. Side effects that are common even with legitimate medical use of clonazepam include the following:
- Cognitive impairment (possibly permanent)
Less common side effects that are more likely to appear as a result of abuse of clonazepam include these problems:
- Lack of coordination
- Loss of balance
- Reduced sex drive
- Memory loss
- Poor sleep
- Hangover-like symptoms
Clonazepam rarely but occasionally causes the following problems:
Treatment for Clonazepam Addiction
If your loved one is addicted to clonazepam, professional treatment offers the best chance for a successful recovery. Drug addiction is a disease, and benzodiazepine addiction is a serious medical condition that requires professional treatment. Clonazepam produces a powerful addiction and withdrawal symptoms can be severe, making it very difficult to quit using. Quitting benzodiazepines cold turkey can be dangerous, possibly inducing a condition known as benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome that can produce seizures that may be life threatening. It is imperative that detox from clonazepam or any other benzodiazepine be conducted under medical supervision. If your loved one is struggling with clonazepam addiction it is imperative that he receives professional treatment.
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