Flexeril Abuse & Addiction

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Flexeril is a brand name prescription drug. The generic name is cyclobenzaprine. Prescribed as a muscle relaxer, Flexeril blocks certain sensations or impulses that are sent from the nerves to the brain. Flexeril is usually prescribed in conjunction with physical therapy and rest for people with muscle pain or injuries. Flexeril is prescribed in tablet form and, like many muscle relaxants, it’s a short-term medication. Most physicians will prescribe Flexeril for no more than two to three weeks. One off-label use of Flexeril is for the treatment of fibromyalgia.

There are a few reasons Flexeril isn’t intended as a long-term treatment. First, after around two weeks, it doesn’t seem to provide any pain-relieving effects. These effects of Flexeril peak within the first few days of using it. Flexeril also has an abuse potential. This can be reduced by only taking the muscle relaxer for a short period of time.

Some of the common side effects of Flexeril include drowsiness, dry mouth and dizziness. The higher the dose, the more likely these symptoms are to occur. When someone takes Flexeril, it affects certain parts of the brain that control serotonin -which is why it has sedative qualities. There are possible interactions with Flexeril and central nervous system depressants, such as alcohol, opioids and benzodiazepines. There are also possible interactions with this medication and monoamine oxidase inhibitors. It’s possible that Flexeril can impair reactions, thinking and alertness, so patients taking the drug should be aware of this before driving.

Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine) Addiction/Abuse

Brand-name Flexeril comes in two strengths. A 10 mg Flexeril dose is yellow and five-sided. It’s printed with “Flexeril MSD 931.” A 5 mg dose of Flexeril is orange and five-sided. It’s imprinted with “Flexeril.” For most patients, the recommended dose of Flexeril is 5 mg taken three times a day. In some cases, that dose might be increased to 10 mg, three times a day. The dosage is likely to be lower for older patients and people with hepatic impairment.

Flexeril acts on the central nervous system and alters how nerves fire. This medication prevents pain and muscle spasms, but it can have other effects as well. First, Flexeril has sedative effects. Some people, especially when taking higher does, may even experience a sense of euphoria. These effects, and the fact that it can impact the central nervous system, means that Flexeril is potentially addictive. Flexeril is also very widely available. This drug is relatively easy to get and it’s very common for people to recreationally combine Flexeril with other substances like alcohol or opioids. When Flexeril is combined with other central nervous system depressants, it can heighten their effects. Dependence is another concern with the use of Flexeril. It is possible for the brain and body to become used to Flexeril. If that happens and someone suddenly stops using it, they may go through withdrawal.

Because Flexeril can amplify the effects of other substances, it’s very common for it to be used as part of a polysubstance abuse disorder. Polysubstance abuse refers to the simultaneous abuse of multiple drugs, which often leads to addiction to multiple drugs at the same time. If someone abuses Flexeril, they can overdose as well. The most common side effects of a Flexeril overdose are drowsiness and changes in heart rhythm. Less common complications can occur, such as cardiac arrest and seizures. The best way to avoid the risk of Flexeril addiction, dependence and overdose is to only take it with a prescription and to never use the drug recreationally. It’s important to follow prescription instructions carefully.

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