Can I Become Addicted to Flexeril?

When people think of drug addiction, they usually think of highly addictive drugs like heroin, alcohol, opioids or nicotine. Quitting any of these substances is extremely difficult because they all have very strong physical dependence qualities as well as psychological addiction factors. While other drugs are not as well known for being highly addictive, the reality is that the human body can become addicted to just about any drug.

Flexeril is designed to be a short-term prescription drug due to its potential for addiction and dependence. People who use the drug recreationally will notice that they develop a tolerance within two to three weeks of use. Building a tolerance is often the first step towards drug addiction, since more and more of the drug is necessary to provide the desired effects.

Having an increased tolerance increases the risk of adverse side effects and overdose. While overdoses from Flexeril are rare, they do happen. There are thousands of emergency room visits every year in the United States that involve Flexeril. Increased dosage, due to a high tolerance, heightens the risk of dangerous side effects that are involved when people combine Flexeril with alcohol or other drugs.

People who take excessively large amounts of Flexeril can experience withdrawal symptoms after they stop using Flexeril. The symptoms are generally mild and last for only a few days. Withdrawal symptoms include headaches, irritability, mild depression, nausea and cravings.

If someone you know has been prescribed Flexeril and you suspect that they may have developed a problem, look out for some common warning signs of drug addiction:

  • Do they seem like they’ve been neglecting their hygiene? Have they put on or lost a significant amount of weight in a relatively short time period? Sudden, drastic changes in appearance can signal possible drug abuse.
  • Pay attention to their moods. People who have become addicted to drugs experience chemical imbalances. This often leads to irritability, loss of interest in activities that they used to enjoy, detachment from social situations, signs of depression or mood swings.
  • Slurred speech, confusion or a noticeable impairment of motor abilities may signal that they’ve been misusing Flexeril. They could also be combining it with alcohol or other medications.
  • Personal, professional or legal trouble. People who have become addicted to drugs may miss work or school, lose their jobs or get into legal problems. Personal relationships (with family, friends or romantic partners) might become strained as the user tends to withdraw and exhibit changes in personality.
Flexeril addiction often starts while taking the drug as directed and according to your prescription. Or, perhaps someone in your household had a prescription and you tried it out. Maybe you got some from a friend or dealer. You might have noticed the effects of mixing the drug with alcohol.

If you’ve noticed that Flexeril is giving you a perceived benefit apart from its intended use, you may have developed a dependence. You might find it to be hard to stop taking it. If you’re experiencing cravings, depression, irritability or mood swings it is very possible that you’ve become addicted and/or dependent upon Flexeril.

If you feel like you may be addicted to Flexeril or another drug, there are treatment options available. Starting a 12-step program or checking into a treatment facility can help you overcome your addiction in a positive setting. Speaking to a doctor is the first step in getting back to a healthy, balanced life free from drug addiction.

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