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Clonazepam High: This drug (brand name Klonopin) is a benzodiazepine tranquilizer prescribed to treat panic disorder, seizures, anxiety, alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Clonazepam may also be given to people suffering spastic muscle disorders attributed to muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
- Within two or three hours of taking oral doses of Clonazepam, users feel sedated, drowsy, extremely relaxed and euphoria.
Clonazepam suppresses nerve activity by dysregulating levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain while stimulating “pleasure centers” involved in the process of addiction.
A significant rise in the number and dosage of Klonopin and other benzo prescriptions are being filled for people between the ages of 45 and 65. In addition, mortality rates due to using benzodiazepines are rising among those over 65. Over the last 20 years, prescriptions for Klonopin, Xanax and other anti-anxiety medications increased by nearly 70 percent–from eight million to well over 13 million. Recent research also found 75% of benzodiazepine deaths attributed to overdose involved the simultaneous ingestion of one or more opioids.
People addicted or wanting to get high on Clonazepam (Klonopin) can obtain this drug without a prescription on “dark web” sites or on the street from dealers.
Street names for Clonazepam include;
Side Effects of Clonazepam
Once tolerance starts building to Klonopin’s physical and psychological effects, users will suffer withdrawal symptoms if they cannot continue taking the drug. Withdrawal signs include:
- Excessive sweating
- Rapid heartbeat/palpitations
- Hand numbness/tingling
- Nausea/chills/flu-like symptoms
- Difficulty thinking/concentrating
- Visual hallucinations
Long-lasting effects of Clonazepam make it a drug of choice among people who regularly abuse opioids. Recreational users frequently combine Clonazepam with painkillers, hallucinogens like LSD or PCP or other prescription tranquilizers to enhance its sedative properties.
Clonazepam and Alcohol
Mixing Clonazepam and alcohol carries the risk of respiratory failure, shock, coma and death. Both are powerful nervous system depressants that will slow breathing and heart rate quickly and dangerously. Overdosing on Clonazepam and alcohol may cause seizures.
Doctors may prescribe Clonazepam to treat some mental illnesses not considered psychotic. When someone taking Clonazepam for a mental illness combines this drug with alcohol, their symptoms may worsen, creating a psychiatric emergency that requires immediate treatment.
- People addicted to Clonazepam or other benzodiazepines should never try to quit “cold turkey”
- Highly addictive and difficult to withdraw from with medical assistance
A medically assisted withdrawal program is essential for successfully and safely withdrawing from Clonazepam.
Statistics – Demographics
According to the CVS Pharmacy page describing Clonazepam;
- 4.7 percent of users were under 20 years old
- 24 percent were between 20 and 40 years old
- 42 percent were between 40 and 60 years old
- 29 percent were over 60
- The majority of Klonopin users are women (64 percent)