Clonazepam Dependence after Surgery
Clonazepam dependence can develop before a user even learns the drug’s name. Doctors may prescribe this drug before or after surgery, but the drug’s high addictive potential and the ordeal of surgery can enable dependency before patients or doctors notice. If this described either you or a loved one, get help today.
How Clonazepam Helps Surgery
Patients may feel distressed before surgery, because the anxiety of surgery can create debilitating fear. Even in emergency surgeries, patients may still be agitated from the events which caused the emergency. In both of these situations, doctors may administer clonazepam to prepare patients for surgery. As a depressant, this drug slows down brain activity by strengthening the brain’s neurotransmitters. As a result, patients become calmer and more relaxed while tension fades. Using clonazepam before anesthesia renders the patient’s body and mind much more conducive to a successful surgery.
Using Clonazepam after Surgery
Clonazepam dependence can form from a single use, but patients may have a prescription for this drug for any of the following reasons:
- Relieve anxiety after surgery
- Reduce nervous physical movement that can threaten surgical cuts before they heal
- Relieve withdrawal symptoms from the initial clonazepam dose
Patients may also use clonazepam after surgery even if they did not take this drug beforehand. Additionally, they may use other drugs for sedative effects. The withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to endure as the body recovers from surgery, but since clonazepam acts over time, it is well suited for tapering use until withdrawal feelings fade.
Dangers of Clonazepam Dependence
There is a high potential for clonazepam addiction, so doctors usually limit prescriptions to two to four weeks for safety. If someone becomes addicted to clonazepam and uses the drug without medical supervision, more problems can develop. He may become tolerant to the drug’s effects, which will prompt higher and more frequent doses to achieve the same effects. Some bodies adapt to the drug so that use causes the opposite of its intended effects. These paradoxical effects, such as agitation, can be frightening and painful. Other depressants can interact with clonazepam in very dangerous ways. If users abuse alcohol or opiates while they take this drug, the result can be a dangerously slow breathing rate that may be fatal.
Treating Clonazepam Dependence
You can treat clonazepam dependence with the help of a doctor and addiction specialist. Usually a plan of tapering use will end this dependency, but patients may also need counseling if they have any dangerous patterns of drug abuse. Learn more about clonazepam dependence by calling our toll-free helpline. Our phone counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you explore treatment options and seek recovery.