Klonopin Addiction

Klonopin falls into the benzodiazepine class of drugs and it’s used to treat panic disorder including agoraphobia, in adults. It may also be used to treat seizure disorders like Lennox-Gaustad syndrome in adults and children. This anti-anxiety and anti-seizure medication aims to help balance the chemicals in the brain, and while it does have therapeutic benefits, as with other benzodiazepines, it can be habit-forming, and there is the potential for abuse with this prescription drug. It's important that people who are prescribed this medication take it only as directed to mitigate the possibility of Klonopin addiction, abuse, and dependency, and also that they don’t share their drug with others.
Klonopin is a drug that’s been in use since the 1970s, and it’s among a class of drugs (benzodiazepines) that are the most commonly prescribed medicines in the U.S. Other popular benzodiazepines include Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. These drugs are classified as sedative-hypnotics, although they vary from one another in their potency and intensity.

What Is Klonopin Used For?

“What is Klonopin for?” is a commonly asked question regarding this drug, along with “What are Klonopins used for?” Klonopin is used to help calm overly active electrical signals in the brain, which can lead to anxiety, insomnia, seizures and muscle spasms. Ultimately, this is used for seizure disorder and panic disorders, as well as some other disorders of the nervous system.

Klonopin can be used for epilepsy and other seizure disorders, as well as panic attacks or debilitating anxiety. In some cases, it can also be used for patients who are taking antipsychotic medications and are experiencing uncontrollable movement or restlessness as a result. Klonopin is infrequently prescribed for insomnia or acute anxiety, although in these cases someone is more likely to be prescribed Xanax or Ativan.

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If you think someone you know might be abusing Klonopin, you may be wondering, “What does Klonopin look like?” Knowing what Klonopin looks like can help you identify potential abuse by your loved ones, or also prevent overdose or dangerous drug interactions.

Klonopin is the brand name of a generic drug, and it comes in tablet form. There are two main distinctions between tablets. There are orange Klonopin and blue Klonopin tablets. In some cases, the tablets may also be white. These tablets will usually have a punched out “K” in the middle, which is a pretty distinctive feature for a prescription tablet to have, making them easily identifiable.

A 1 mg Klonopin may be marked with “K Roche 1 K Klonopin,” and a 0.5 mg tablet may be marked with “K Roche 1/2K Klonopin.” With the 2 mg Klonopin which is white, the imprint is “K Roche 2 K Klonopin.”

What Is Clonazepam?

“What is clonazepam?” and “What is Klonopin?” are commonly asked question related to this drug. “What is another name for Klonopin?” is another. Clonazepam, the generic name for Klonopin, is often found as a round, small, green or white tablet. A 1 mg Clonazepam may be round and green and imprinted with 93 833.

Other standard marks on clonazepam tablets include:

  • 5 mg with G CN 0.5
  • 5 mg clonazepam dispersible with K7 printed on it
  • Yellow 0.5 mg tablet with 93 832
  • 2 mg tablet, white printed with 93 834
  • 5 mg yellow tablet with M C 13
  • 1 mg green tablet with M C14
  • 2 mg white tablet with C 15 M
  • 5 mg tablet printed with ½ b96
  • 1 mg tablet, white and printed with b 97 1

It’s important to recognize that these aren’t necessarily all of the ways a Klonopin or generic clonazepam tablet might look, but they are some of the most common. Klonopin is fairly easier to identify than the generic version of these tablets, because of the distinctive coloring and punched out K in the middle of the tablets.

Klonopin is part of a class of medications called benzodiazepines. These drugs are also known as sedatives or tranquilizers, and other common benzodiazepines include Valium or Xanax. They’re one of the most prescribed drug classes in the U.S., and people often also obtain them without a prescription, because they are widely abused.

In many cases, having a prescription may lead to Klonopin addiction or abuse, even if the drug was initially taken to treat a health problem. These drugs impact the central nervous system, and along with sedation, they relax muscles and reduce anxiety. They’re commonly abused because of a combination of their effects, as well as their widespread availability. They can lead to intentional or accidental overdose, particularly if they’re combined with other drugs or alcohol.

In a general sense, some factors can contribute to a likelihood of abusing prescription medications like Klonopin. Some may have to do with genetic factors that can increase the chances someone will abuse drugs and substances in general. Other things could include unemployment, socioeconomic status, or pressure from others.

A common question many people have, particularly if they’ve just been prescribed this drug is “Is Klonopin addictive?” The short answer is yes. The primary reason Klonopin is addictive is that first, it’s a benzodiazepine. These drugs tend to be inherently habit-forming because they create a feeling of euphoria and relaxation in the brain. Generally, if someone is taking a small dose as prescribed for anxiety or as an anti-seizure medication, they might not necessarily get the euphoric rush, but this does happen for people who take higher doses. Once the euphoria subsides, the user will then feel a general sense of relaxation and calmness because this drug slows the brain’s activity.

Klonopin acts to depress the central nervous system, and these effects can be heightened when the drug is taken with alcohol or other substances. In fact, many people who are experiencing Klonopin addiction purposely mix it with other substances to increase the effects, despite the potential side effects and risk of death.

Some of the reasons that contribute to Klonopin addiction, along from the feelings it creates, can depend on individual factors such as genetics and brain chemistry. Klonopin enhances the GABA receptors in the brain and also decreases the use of serotonin, and while it can be effectively used to improve the functionality of someone who’s brain lacks GABA receptors, it’s also easy to become addicted to these effects.

There also tends to be a psychological component to Klonopin addiction. Most people who use it have underlying mental health issues, and they use it to self-medicate rather than addressing these issues. They can become not just physically dependent on Klonopin as a result, but also psychologically addicted.

Another common question a lot of people will ask is how long does it take to get addicted to Klonopin. It’s important to understand that just like not everyone will become addicted to this drug, there is no definitive answer as to how long it might take to get addicted. Some people may become addicted, at least psychologically, after just using the drug for a few days, while others could use it for months without becoming addicted.

When someone develops Klonopin addiction, they’re likely to start focusing more of their attention on the drug and how to obtain it. Some of the factors that may play a role not only in whether or not someone will develop Klonopin addiction but also how long it could take for them to become addicted include how frequently they’re using it, and the dosage they use each time.

In most cases of Klonopin addiction, higher usage levels will lead to more tolerance and dependence, which in turns increases the likelihood of addiction occurring. It’s important to recognize that even individuals who are taking Klonopin as prescribed can become dependent.

Is Klonopin addictive? Yes, but the good news is, help is available if you’re struggling with Klonopin addiction.

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Exploring statistics about prescription drugs such as Klonopin can be useful in helping people understand the true impact of abusing these drugs. Many people aren’t necessarily aware of how widespread their use may be, nor the possible effects of abusing drugs like Klonopin. The following are some key statistics that shed light on not just Klonopin addiction and abuse, but benzodiazepines in general.

  • Benzodiazepine prescriptions have increased around 30% since 1996.
  • In 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control, this class of drugs was involved in about 30% of deaths resulting from prescription drug overdose. This put them second only to opioids, which were involved in 70% of overdose deaths.
  • The amount of medicine in a benzodiazepine prescription doubled in the period from 1996 to 2013, meaning these drugs are more potent than ever.
  • Klonopin is the third-most prescribed benzodiazepine in the U.S.
  • Around five million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 have used a benzodiazepine in their lifetime
  • Klonopin was involved in nearly 63,000 ER visits in 2011
  • According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, there were 26.9 million clonazepam prescriptions in 2011
  • In 2011 there were thousands of illegally diverted clonazepam diverted from illicit distribution
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Klonopin Addiction was last modified: October 4th, 2017 by The Recovery Village