Flexeril as a Recreational Drug
Flexeril is a prescription medication used to treat skeletal muscle pains associated with minor injuries. It acts a muscle relaxer and is intended to be used over a short duration of two to three weeks. Flexeril is not considered to be a narcotic by the DEA, but it can be abused as a recreational drug, nonetheless. While the effects of the drug are mild, it has been used on its own and with other drugs, often with dangerous results.
Prescription drugs like Flexeril have become more popular due to their ease-of-access and the prevalence of drug forums on the internet which discuss their usage. People experiment with various prescription drugs that they either obtain from a doctor, from other members of their households, or from peers and report on their experiences. Teenagers and young adults who may not have access to more powerful prescription drugs or street drugs are more likely to experiment with less common drugs like Flexeril.
When used recreationally, Flexeril causes a relaxed, lethargic sensation and, in some cases, a mild euphoric high. The drug is usually taken orally by either swallowing the tablets or by dissolving them into liquid -often an alcoholic beverage. Flexeril can also be crushed up and snorted. Like other muscle relaxers, Flexeril is a popular drug for people who use cocaine or amphetamine as a way to counteract the stimulating effects of the other drugs.
Many people start abusing Flexeril after taking it, by prescription, to treat an injury. People taking Flexeril may first notice the drug’s amplified effects when it is combined with alcohol, which can lead them to start to abuse it. Taking Flexeril with alcohol is a dangerous combination and could lead to an overdose, a visit to the hospital or a poison control center.
The likelihood of having an overdose is dependent on many factors that vary from person to person. The person’s body size, how much of the drug was taken, pre-existing health conditions and the presence of other substances in the blood are all factors that can contribute to the risk of overdose.
The risk of overdose increases when Flexeril is taken with other drugs or alcohol. Flexeril and other muscle relaxers make the effects of alcohol more noticeable and make the two a popular combination for some. Other pain medications and antidepressants amplify the effects of Flexeril and can lead to a more intense high. Mixing the drugs can lead to dangerous and unpredictable outcomes.
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