What is Klonopin?
Klonopin is a prescribed medication used to treat certain seizure disorders, panic attacks, and short term relief for anxiety. Klonopin, also known generically by clonazepam is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. Klonopin works by enhancing the effects of the neurotransmitter GABA. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the chemical nerve cells use to communicate. It produces a calming effect that inhibits brain activity.
How Long Does Klonopin Stay in Your Body?
Klonopin has a half life of approximately six hours, which is the time it takes for your body to metabolize and excrete the medication or drug from your body. The body is considered clean after five half lives. There are several factors that will affect the rate of metabolism, such as your age, weight, amount of the drug taken, how frequently the drug is taken and how the drug is taken. Drugs that are injected in the bloodstream are metabolized faster than a pill taken orally. People metabolize drugs at a different rate, so the time a drug stays in your system will vary from person to person. Based on the average person, klonopin is no longer detected in your system after approximately 30 hours.
Facts About Klonopin
Like most drugs in the benzodiazepines medication class, klonopin can cause physical dependency. Stopping therapy abruptly after having daily therapy can lead to insomnia, vomiting, muscle cramping and seizures. Other common side effects associated with using klonopin are headaches, depression, sedation and dizziness. You should not stop your therapy of klonopin without the assistance of your health care professional.