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Clonazepam and Clonazepam Abuse

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Clonazepam is a CNS (central nervous system) depressant and a long-acting benzodiazepine, meaning it slows down the brain's functioning and is highly addictive and very dangerous in higher doses. If you take it, it remains in your system while easing the symptoms prescribed to treat, such as anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, or panic attacks.


The brain has receptors that slow the other neurons in the brain; Clonazepam enhances the activity of these receptors. Taking it reduces anxiety and seizures, causing a feeling of calmness, peacefulness, increased relaxation, and lowered anxiety. These are some of the key reasons why people use Clonazepam.

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Relaxation and lowered anxiety are positive effects of Clonazepam, and believe me; It feels great to be relaxed. This "feel good " sensation can drive a person to use the drug more frequently or increase the prescribed dosage to maintain the feeling for much longer.


Someone who is taking Clonazepam risks abusing their medication even while adhering to the prescribed dosage.


The euphoria from abusing high doses of Clonazepam can provoke you to continue using the substance. This places you at substantial risk of developing an addiction to the drug.


The medication is usually prescribed as an oral or injectable prescription, but some people snort it or inject it in high doses on their own. This method may result in:


  • Damage to the nasal tissue

  • Infections from sharing needles, e.g., HIV or Hepatitis C

  • Infections at the injection site where the needle isn't sterilized

  • Collapsed veins

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Side Effects of Clonazepam Abuse

Clonazepam abuse, like any other drug, can have undesirable side effects if not used within the constraints of the prescription, especially if you take it regularly and in higher doses than prescribed.


You may experience some of these side effects:


  • Memory impairment

  • Loss of appetite

  • Anxiety

  • Paranoia

  • Hoarse voice

  • Dry mouth

  • Slow to react

  • Extreme sleepiness

  • Tremors

  • Vertigo

  • An overdose can lead to death

  • Vomiting

  • Visual problems

  • Facial Swelling

  • Mood swings

  • Aggression

  • Erratic behavior

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How To Identify That You Have A Clonazepam Addiction?

Clonazepam, a CNS depressant, when consumed for extended periods, results in permanent and severe changes to the brain structure, often leading to addiction. Your brain stops functioning as it should, and withdrawal symptoms will begin when you cease using Clonazepam.


These symptoms include:


  • Withdrawal

  • Cravings

  • Inability to stop or lower dose of Clonazepam

  • Avoid situations where they cannot use Clonazepam

  • Abusing additional substances while abusing Clonazepam

  • Visiting different doctors to get several other prescriptions

  • Running out of prescriptions before the refill date is due

  • A decrease in personal hygiene

  • Avoiding others

  • Becoming secretive

  • Isolating themselves


Clonazepam withdrawal is excruciating and puts you at significant health risks, such as:


  • High heart rates

  • Sweating

  • Elevated blood pressure

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Muscle spasms

  • Insomnia

  • Vomiting

If you have used Clonazepam for more than six months, you will experience severe withdrawal symptoms like strokes, seizures, disorientation, nightmares, and hallucinations.

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