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Clonazepam Withdrawal

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Clonazepam withdrawal is often severe and finding the right help is vital: Alternative to Meds Center provides nurturing, empowering, and health-restoring treatment.

Being prescribed Clonazepam or other benzodiazepines, even if indicated during a time of demonstrable crisis, does not always mean that a lifetime of being medicated is inevitable.

We Truly Are Benzo Experts …

Alternative to Meds has been the expert on clonazepam withdrawal for over 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our success. Underlying issues can in many cases be addressed in much less toxic ways. We find that frequently there were medical conditions, or that the original factors that contributed to the crisis have since shifted, were diagnosed prematurely or even misdiagnosed.

It is not necessary for Clonazepam users to suffer fierce symptoms of Clonazepam withdrawal. We have clinically proven ways to make side effects and symptoms a part of your past. Alternative to Meds Center has shown that there are other ways to have people feeling good and engaged in life without suffering from Clonazepam side effects and Clonazepam withdrawal symptoms.

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It may seem unusual that so many are struggling with Clonazepam withdrawal since Clonazepam or brand name Klonopin, should not be taken for more than a few weeks, according to virtually all drug regulators in the world (except some ambiguous statements attributed to the FDA). Unfortunately, the majority of persons taking benzos will stay on a prescription well over that recommended timeline. But even after as short a time as a few weeks, stopping Clonazepam should never be done suddenly, as even the FDA notes on the Klonopin label information. 1,2 

The disconnect between pharmacological guidelines and reality can be better understood if one realizes that, at least in the US, few to no physicians are ever trained on how to help someone withdraw from Clonazepam without suffering the horrific adverse effects. Patients are not adequately informed, in many cases, on what to expect after being on the drug. Patients are not well-advised about the potential for dependency issues and are certainly not advised on how to get a handle on stopping the drug safely, or what strategies could help. There are some very workable and effective strategies to help ease the process but these are generally unknown and untouched in the curricula of medical school. 

Clonazepam Withdrawal Symptoms Often Mistaken for Mental Illness

Perhaps this upside-down scenario is one you or a loved one might be all too familiar with. After exposure to benzodiazepine medications, a person will typically begin to experience side effects that are off-putting, even alarming. This could include racing heart, panic attacks, numbness, burning and tingling, sensitivity to certain sounds, anxiety, suicidality, and any manner of others. These reactions are happening because the drug has now created changes and disruptions in the person’s neurochemistry and this is a result of the central nervous system adapting to the presence of the drug. In pharma lingo, this is called “loss of effect.” The drug stops “working.” 3

So when the person returns to the doctor with these complaints, a typical suggestion will be to increase the dosage. And doing so may provide initial relief, but soon after, side effects will re-emerge and even intensify. That is because the sedating, calming effects of the drug which were once helpful have disappeared. The body is reacting differently because the drug has changed the CNS and neurochemistry. As a result, now the drug is causing or contributing to feelings of agitation, restlessness, ruminating thoughts, tremors, paranoia, and many other problems. This is sometimes referred to as “paradoxical” side effects and with benzodiazepines, are quite common.

A doctor who is not familiar with the harmful consequences of long-term benzo drugs might tell the person they have an anxiety disorder or some such. And, will likely prescribe either more Clonazepam or additional/multiple drugs to the regimen and probably will be inclined to add a referral to a psychiatrist to address this mysterious emerging mental illness. How tragic that in this century such practices are the norm in some areas! A doctor who is familiar with drug dependency will realize that it is way past time to taper off the drug. But will generally have no instructions to offer the patient beyond “do it gradually.” If this scenario sounds at all familiar to you, we can help. 

Women and Pregnancy and Clonazepam Withdrawal 

No clinical trials have been carried out directly on pregnant women but it is known that benzodiazepines are linked to birth defects in animals who were studied. If a woman is planning a pregnancy, she should not take benzodiazepines according to available medical literature.3 

If a woman is or has been on benzodiazepines, the wisest course of action would be to taper off completely before pregnancy if at all possible. There is much available information on alternatives to drug therapy that could be very useful during pregnancy in many cases and might be of benefit in such a case. Please ask us for more detailed information if this is a point of interest for you or a loved one.4

Contact us at Alternative to Meds Center Today 

We would be happy to discuss our protocols and therapies with you in much more detail so please set aside some time and give us a call. Your future health can be robust, vigorous, and free from drugs and free from the symptoms that perhaps led to a prescription in the first place. Clonazepam withdrawal is safe and can be surprisingly easy to tolerate when using the proper protocols such as we use here at the center. 

1. FDA label Klonopin 

2. Benzodiazepine Information for GPs published by Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia

3. “Some Facts About Benzodiazepines and Their Uses” published by GreenFacts EU, accessed online January 22, 2020 

4. “The effects of benzodiazepine use during pregnancy and lactation” (McElhatton) published in the Us National Library of Medicine, accessed January 22, 2020.

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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