Klonopin (clonozapam) is a benzodiazepine medication prescribed for treating anxiety and panic disorders.
Like others in its class, extended Klonopin use causes dependency and addiction if taken for too long, or in high doses.
Many people start on Klonopin for anxiety, only to get stuck in an endless cycle of withdrawal whenever trying to wean off the medication.
It turns the electrical activity in the brain down — causing sedation, and temporary feelings of bliss. As the drug wears off, the electrical activity becomes even stronger than before, causing increased anxiety and muscle tension.
People need to continue taking Klonopin whenever it wears off in order to prevent the overwhelming anxiety that follows.
Long-term Klonopin use only makes this worse. Withdrawals from Klonopin are reported to be some of the worst in the world.