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Klonopin - What are the symptons of benzo withdraw?

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Rajive Goel 9 Dec 2011

Some Klonopin withdrawal symptoms can include: Hallucinations; Memory loss; Panic attacks; Seizures; Fever; Anxiety; Personality changes; Sensitivity to sound or light; Numbness or tingling; Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia); Heart palpitations; Tension; Depression; Insomnia; Restlessness or irritability; Confusion; Sweating; Dizziness.

Despite their many beneficial effects, benzodiazepines have the potential for abuse and should be used only as prescribed. Additionally, they should be prescribed only by a legitimate healthcare professional that has seen you in person.

During the first few days of taking a benzodiazepine like Klonopin, people usually feel sleepy and uncoordinated. However, as the body becomes accustomed to the effects of the drug, these feelings begin to disappear. If a person uses these drugs long-term, the body will develop a tolerance for the drugs, and larger doses will be needed to achieve the same initial effects. Continued use can lead to physical dependence and when use is reduced or stopped, a withdrawal can occur.

Because Klonopin works by slowing the brain's activity, when an individual stops taking this medicine, the brain's activity can rebound and race out of control, potentially leading to seizures and other harmful consequences. Although withdrawal from Klonopin can be problematic, it is rarely life-threatening. Therefore, someone who is thinking about stopping Klonopin therapy or who is experiencing a withdrawal from Klonopin should speak with a physician or seek medical treatment.

Take care, best wishes!

Anonymous 11 Jul 2012

Hello runningontime. To add what to Rajive said, what is often done, if the withdrawls are to severe, a fast acting benzodiazepine (Xanax) for one, is given to ease the symptoms. Best of wishes and I hope you are well. Regards pledge

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