Clonazepam (also known by the brand name Klonopin) is prescribed to treat seizures, panic disorders, anxiety disorders, and other conditions such as Restless Leg Syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and night terrors. Clonazepam works by slowing down psychological responses to anxiety. It is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines.
Clonazepam acts as a central nervous system depressant and can be acquired by a prescription. It is not recommended that those with a history of drug abuse take clonazepam because of the risk of tolerance and dependence associated with it.
Symptoms of Clonazepam Overdose
As with any drug, is it possible to overdose on clonazepam. If clonazepam is taken in combination with other medications, street drugs, or alcohol, the overdose results can vary in severity and may even be life-threatening. Ordinarily, clonazepam is prescribed for a short period of time and on a low dosage schedule, so if it is taken as prescribed, an overdose is unlikely.
It is important to contact emergency assistance immediately if someone has overdosed on clonazepam. Symptoms will vary but can include:
- Slow reflexes
- Impaired motor function
- Low blood pressure
- Unsteady gait
- Drowsiness, difficulty staying awake
Deep coma and fatality due to clonazepam overdose is rare unless the drug has been combined with other drugs or alcohol. Recreational users of clonazepam tend to use it in addition to other drugs. Prescribed usage of the drug rarely produces an addiction or overdose.
Treatment for Clonazepam Overdose
If an overdose occurs, medical professionals may administer certain medications to counteract the effects of the drug, or stomach-pumping may be necessary. Flumazenil can be given as an antidote for the overdose but can be dangerous when clonazepam is being used for the treatment of epilepsy. An IV may have to be used to provide certain fluids to the patient. Monitoring of the blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing while going through treatment will allow the healthcare staff to determine the success of the treatment.
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