Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a brand-name muscle relaxant. Flexeril is given to patients for the short-term treatment of acute conditions related to the skeletal system. Flexeril is typically used along with physical therapy and rest to treat injuries. Flexeril is also increasingly used as an off-label treatment for fibromyalgia. Flexeril is a central nervous system depressant and it has similar effects to tricyclic antidepressants. Flexeril is believed to block nerve impulses and slows how pain sensations are sent to the brain. Flexeril may have a potential for abuse, addiction and dependence as well even though it’s not currently a controlled substance in the U.S. Flexeril affects the action of neurotransmitters in the brain, which can cause euphoric feelings or feelings of pleasant relaxation. While addiction is possible with Flexeril, it’s not extremely common.
Flexeril use quickly leads to the development of physical tolerance. After just a few days, the effects of Flexeril subside for most people -which can lead them to take more. When Flexeril is used as prescribed, tolerance and dependence shouldn’t be large concerns as the medication is not usually prescribed for more than ten days. However, when it’s used and abused for longer periods of time, dependence becomes a more significant issue. People who regularly use Flexeril may experience withdrawal symptoms. Even when someone uses the drug as prescribed, they may have mild symptoms of withdrawal from Flexeril.
Flexeril Withdrawal Symptoms
With regular use of Flexeril, the brain can become used to its effects. If someone attempts to suddenly stop using the drug, Flexeril withdrawal symptoms may occur. It takes around four to five days for a dose of Flexeril to be fully eliminated from the body. At this point, Flexeril withdrawal symptoms could begin.
Flexeril withdrawal symptoms may be slightly uncomfortable but they are not severe or life-threatening. For many people, withdrawal symptoms of Flexeril can include mild drowsiness, malaise and discomfort.
Within one to two days after stopping Flexeril, someone might feel like they have a mild cold or the flu. Symptoms tend to peak within two to four days. For some people, the withdrawal process may last for one to two weeks.
Flexeril for Opiate Withdrawal
There is some anecdotal evidence that using Flexeril for opiate withdrawal could be beneficial. Opiate withdrawal symptoms often include muscle aches and pains. Opiate withdrawal can be uncomfortable to the point that it’s a deterrent to sustained sobriety. Flexeril can be one of many medicines used to treat specific symptoms of opiate withdrawal like aches and pains; however, no one should ever attempt to self-medicate their way through opiate withdrawal. Not only does this practice reduce the chances of successfully detoxing, it can be dangerous. If using Flexeril to treat opiate withdrawal is an option for a patient, the drug should only be administered under medical supervision and, preferably, as part of a medically-supervised detox.
Flexeril detox, on its own, is usually something people can do at home. The symptoms of Flexeril withdrawal are mild if noticeable at all. However, there are some situations in which a professional Flexeril detox may be necessary. Flexeril is often abused along with other central nervous system depressants, such as alcohol and opioids. If you or someone you know is abusing Flexeril and other substances, it is important that you seek a medical detox as the withdrawal symptoms from the other substances can be severe. Alcohol withdrawal can even be deadly. If someone has a complicating condition, such as a psychological disorder, a professional Flexeril detox program is advisable as well.
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