Klonopin is a medication commonly prescribed for treating symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, or seizures. As a depressant, it can be effective in helping individuals who suffer from these and other conditions.
Klonopin unfortunately also has a potential for abuse, both alone and sometimes mixed with alcohol.
As with most prescription medications, klonopin and alcohol do not mix well. The double depressant effect often spells disaster for individuals who abuse the combination.
Diving Into Details About Klonopin
The generic chemical name for klonopin is Clonazepam, and it is usually sold in small tablets that are to be taken orally.
The “mellowing” effect klonopin produces makes it a prime candidate for misuse and abuse. Snorting klonopin is one of the ways that this occurs as it helps the user experience the effects sooner. In general, the side effects of klonopin misuse include the following:
- Slowed motor skills
- Drowsiness and severe fatigue
- Irrational thoughts
When klonopin misuse advances into a more dangerous habit, this greatly increases the chances of dependence. An individual with a dependence will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the substance they are dependent upon. Klonopin withdrawal can involve serious side effects such as:
- Muscle cramps
- Severe anxiety
These symptoms are also potential indicators of a Klonopin overdose. If an overdose occurs, call emergency services right away.
Combining Klonopin and Alcohol: Risks and Impacts
Individuals may mix klonopin with alcohol for a variety of reasons. This can occur accidentally if an individual drinks alcohol after taking a dose of klonopin. People may ingest them simultaneously in an attempt to increase the sedative effects of each to achieve the feeling of a high.
Whether intentional or by mistake, mixing the two as the combination could be life-threatening.
Both alcohol and clonazepam are sedatives. Though they interact with the body in different ways, they share many side effects in common. The compounded effect of both together may cause an individual to experience extreme drowsiness, unconsciousness, or even death.
The effects of alcohol are made stronger when combined with klonopin. Thus, mixing klonopin and alcohol greatly increases the chances of an addiction to both substances. This is known as a co-occurring disorder, and it can be an exceptionally tough habit to break.
Comparing the Combination with Xanax, Valium, and Ativan
Far from being the only poor combination, klonopin is just one example of the risky interactions between benzodiazepines and alcohol. Examining substances similar to klonopin can help paint a fuller picture about the risks involved when mixing drugs with alcohol.
Alcohol and Xanax
Xanax is another popular medication to treat anxiety and similar disorders. When mixed with alcohol, Xanax produces hostility, stress, and drowsiness. One study found that the side effects for this combination were stronger than either of the substances alone, showing that side effects can compound to dangerous levels.
Alcohol and Valium
Valium–generically known as Diazepam–also has a dangerous interaction with alcohol. Some individuals may take Valium to counteract the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, but this only creates new problems. When they act on the body simultaneously, Valium and alcohol can cause anything from nausea to a deathly slow breathing rate.
Alcohol and Ativan
The side effects of abusing Lorazepam or “Ativan” alone share many similarities with intoxication. Thus, combining alcohol with Lorazepam can be particularly uncomfortable. Extreme trouble breathing, poor coordination, dizziness, or memory problems are some of the most probable side effects.
While each of these medications has valid medical applications, unintentional or even intentional misuse can lead to long-term problems, including addiction, overdose, or withdrawal.
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