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Klonopin Withdrawal

Klonopin Withdrawal

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Alternative to Meds Center knows how emotionally and physically wrenching Klonopin withdrawal can be which is why we developed a program many times easier to navigate successfully.

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

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Alternative to Meds has 15 years’ worth of clinical published evidence regarding our success with Klonopin withdrawal. We have observed it is better to address underlying conditions and use less toxic methods to do that. Overlooked medical conditions are not uncommon, as well as noting that original factors that contributed to the crisis have since altered, which could have resulted in premature or completely incorrect diagnoses in the past. 

No longer do Klonopin users need to suffer fierce symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal. These harsh reactions can be softened significantly, sometimes eliminated completely. Alternative to Meds Center provides other ways to allow a return to vibrant health, and the ability to authentically engage in life without suffering from unnecessary Klonopin side effects and avoidable Klonopin withdrawal symptoms.

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Klonopin and Klonopin Withdrawal: Health Risks

Klonopin, Ativan, Xanax, etc. are reportedly the most often prescribed sedatives the world over. According to statistics, soaring percentages of various age groups have been prescribed benzodiazepines, and the numbers of prescriptions have steadily climbed over the past several decades.1 They are most often prescribed for insomnia and anxiety, along with many other “off label” usages such as for tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo (spinning or dizzy sensations), depression, and many others. 

At present, the FDA recommends taking benzodiazepines for no more than 2 to 4 weeks at the very outside.5 Yet despite the clear warnings from drug regulators and others, many people who begin taking these medications may continue to take them for much longer periods and sometimes without being cautioned by their prescribing doctor about the consequences of longer-term use. In fact, over 90% of prescriptions for PTSD patients are for 30 days and 30% of this population receives a prescription for 90 days or even longer. This long-term prescribing practice puts the person at risk for physical dependence as these drugs are, in fact, highly addictive even after a short time.

Even after taking Klonopin for several weeks or less, coming off Klonopin can present severe withdrawal symptoms.

This is why the FDA also recommends a gradual tapering process and never abruptly stopping the medication. 

Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms 

Reportedly, a vast assortment of symptoms of withdrawals from Klonopin and other similar drugs have been documented.2 The effects of Klonopin discontinuation can range from mild to severe and in extreme cases, can require hospitalization to navigate through safely. There are many opinions on what percentage of the population experience adverse effects from benzodiazepine withdrawals, ranging from none at all to as high as 80%.4  According to our own observations at our facility, withdrawals from benzos are more common than uncommon, by far.  

Withdrawal symptoms are generally harsh and can be nearly impossible to endure without a well-planned exit strategy, education and guidance, and adequate support that can help ease a person through the entire experience without undue trauma. Alternative to Meds Center has helped many to overcome these difficulties and understands how grueling coming off benzodiazepines can be without help.

The following are some—and by no means all—of the frequently reported withdrawal symptoms from Klonopin discontinuation: 

  • unusual fears, paranoia, feeling vulnerable or that others want to harm the person
  • confusion, disorientation, mental fogginess
  • hallucinations, altered perceptions (sound, sight, taste, touch, etc.)
  • suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts
  • akathisia (inability to remain still, internal restlessness, an ongoing compulsion to rock, march, sway, can become intolerable and lead to suicidality for relief)
  • nausea
  • tremors
  • insomnia and nightmares
  • heart palpitations
  • tachycardia (racing heart even at rest)

Despite the frequency of Klonopin dependence and the adverse effects of Klonopin withdrawal, there is almost no help available because physicians are not trained at all in how to help a person gently and safely come off a benzodiazepine drug like Klonopin, or similar drugs in the benzo class. Some research has been published but unfortunately, has not yet adequately reached the mainstream arenas of primary care and general practice.  

Best Practices for Coming Off Klonopin

Alternative to Meds Center has developed a comprehensive set of protocols and best practices that have helped many thousands of clients to safely navigate their Klonopin discontinuation. With 24/7 care and a vast array of therapeutic aids, exacting, targeted nutritional components, cleansing toxic load, and gradual gentle withdrawal, healing success is possible without the typically horrific and debilitating consequences of Klonopin withdrawal. These adverse effects can actually be greatly reduced or entirely avoided. This is wonderfully positive news that we are happy to share. Call us today and we can discuss details of our Klonopin withdrawal program with you or your loved one. There is much to learn about the processes involved and such knowledge can be empowering indeed. You don’t have to continue to suffer just because you haven’t yet been offered the correct help for stopping Klonopin. 

This will be a much superior option than being sent to a “detox” or to a rehab center, when your body may need and respond to a much different approach to healing after Klonopin or other benzodiazepine use. Please note that our Klonopin withdrawal program results have been exactly documented with years of independently researched and published success rates, about our safer, gentler approach to Klonopin withdrawal without the suffering that is commonly associated with the process. 

 (1) “Analysis of changes in trends in the consumption rates of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-related drugs” (Garcia, Lima, et al) published 2018.11.1, in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice and National Institute of Health. 

(2) “Tapering clonazepam in patients with panic disorder after at least 3 years of treatment” (Nardi, Freire, et al.) published June 2010 in the US National Library of Medicine. 

(3) “Existing estimates: What Percentage of People Experience Benzodiazepine Withdrawal?”, (Benzodiazepine Information Coalition) published April 21, 2018, accessed online January 22, 2020.

(4) “The APA Task Force report on benzodiazepine dependence, toxicity, and abuse” (Salzman) published Feb 1991 in the US National Library of Medicine, accessed online January 22, 2020.

(5) “Long-term use of benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepine hypnotics” (Kaufman, Spira, et al) published in Feb 2018 by the NIH and Psychiatric Services Washington DC, accessed online January 22, 2020.

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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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