Rivotril is the commercial name for Clonazepam which is a benzodiazepine based medication. Rivotril is commonly sold as Clonam and Klonopin in South Africa as a prescribed drug often used as a treatment for many seizures, panic disorder, neuralgia related conditions.
Facts on seizures, panic disorder, neuralgia medications
Rivotril is prescribed as a schedule 5 controlled medication classed as benzodiazepine used for seizures, panic disorder, neuralgia. This high scheduling in South Africa means that all South African medical doctors prescribing or dispensing benzodiazepines like (Rivotril, Clonam and Klonopin) that contain Clonazepam must maintain a register of prescriptions as it is highly controlled substance in South African legislation.
The motivation for this high scheduling for Clonazepam, Clonam and Klonopin and other benzodiazepine medications is because psychotropic drugs like Rivotril effect on the chemical composition of the brain and nervous system and are capable of affecting your emotions, mind and your moods, or perceptions.
Psychoactive medications like Clonazepam may develop into substance dependence (even if used as directed) and may impair or impede cognitive function. In consequence, Rivotril should only be administered as directed by your medical practitioner.
Combining Rivotril with other drugs or alcohol has the potential to cause chain reactions that further increases the chances of overdoses or even death.
What does Rivotril do?
Rivotril adheres to benzodiazepine receptors in your brain and nervous system. This boosts the production of a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This can produce a calming effect. Clonazepam is a central nervous system depressant and it may be prescribed for it’s sedative effect.
Seeing as the function of Rivotril slows down your nervous system and you are able to enter more relaxed state of wellbeing. This de-activated state becomes the main drawcard for many individuals who have underlying or constant states of stress or anxiety in their life that cause the seizures, panic disorder, neuralgia related conditions.
It won’t take your body long to conclude that medications will work for reducing many seizures, panic disorder, neuralgia symptoms. This is why so many individuals get dependent on Rivotril even using it as prescribed by a doctor. The tolerance to and withdrawal cycle from Clonazepam builds itself relatively rapidly thus so does the drive for upping the the recommended dose beyond that of the prescription.
Rivotril used to treat seizures, panic disorder, neuralgia
Many people that struggle with seizures, panic disorder, neuralgia can find short to medium term relief in Clonazepam (Rivotril, Clonam and Klonopin) prescriptions. In many scenarios, benzodiazepines like Rivotril are a temporary solution that ought to be used alongside talk therapy and changes to your lifestyle to address the underlying causes of seizures, panic disorder, neuralgia conditions. This may include more sustainable adjustments to your diet, sleep and mental health.
Rivotril is most often taken orally in a suspension or tablet form. Most benzodiazepines are available in two formats, immediate-release and extended-release. In many cases, Rivotril will stay in your body for as much as 10 days or five “half-lives” to metabolise Clonazepam from the body. Shorter acting benzodiazepines maintain a short half-life meaning that they are processed faster by the body. Conversely, long-acting benzodiazepines take longer to be metabolised by the body.
Rivotril Withdrawal and Detox
Even when used as prescribed, Rivotril can cause psychological or physical addiction/dependence. Once the addiction cycle develops, your body will need to keep taking Rivotril to prevent the withdrawal symptoms. Rivotril can have a potentially dangerous withdrawal so you should never try to go “cold turkey” and should seek the advice of a professional before attempting to withdrawal from Rivotril. Depending on how much Rivotril you have been taking, an sudden withdrawal can trigger a coma, seizure, and other potentially fatal scenarios.
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