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Flexeril, much like Elavil, is a tricyclic antidepressant. Cyclobenzaprine is the general name of this drug whilst the brand name is Flexeril. Approved in the late ‘70s, Flexeril’s uses are multifaceted and as such, it is, amongst other similar medications, quite popular in medical circles. It is a drug that is prescribed for the treating of short-term pain and for the discomfort that muscle injuries can give. If there are muscle spasms that result in pain, Flexeril often is used to quell said pain.

In general, Flexeril is prescribed alongside physiotherapy and plenty of rest. It is a painkiller that blocks the pain sensations that stem from what the central nervous system (CNS) does: alerting the body of potential issues. Without the drug, the pain sensations tend to travel from spasming muscles to the brain.

Flexeril’s uses

Before we delve into the negative side of this drug, it’s important to see what uses this could be off to the consumer. To users who are in severe muscle pain, Flexeril can:

  • Improve their sleep
  • Improve their motor skills
  • Boost their energy levels

Can Flexeril be addictive?

Can Flexeril be addictive

The drug is usually thought of to be non-addictive. However, even though it isn’t a drug that gives users a euphoric high, the potential for its abuse and general misuse is there. Whatever effects an ‘addict’ to this drug craves, is boosted upon the increase of dosage. Flexeril can have a plethora of side effects, therefore, and indeed, be a reason for addiction, too.

The side effects of Flexeril:

The harmful effects stemming from the usage of Flexeril generally include:

  • Excessive drowsiness
  • A dry mouth
  • Unending fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Frequent dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Terrible constipation
  • Black stool
  • Blurry vision
  • Brain fog and related confusion
  • Acid reflux and related throat issues
  • Pain in the abdominal region
  • Fever
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Urinary issues

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A side effect of Flexeril that deserves to be outside bullet-points is the potential to overdose from its usage. Sure, it isn’t classically addictive, but the chances of its abuse are great. The drug is known for its relaxing effects and that alone attracts people and contributes sizeably to its addictive properties. Because Flexeril can feel “better” to addicts the more it is taken in, the chances of a Flexeril overdose are high. The risks of an overdose increase when one takes into consideration, people who mix the drug with substances like alcohol for them to rapidly feel Flexeril’s effects set in.

side effects of Flexeril

A Flexeril overdose can be particularly severe on one’s health and can cause health problems such as:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures

If you suspect that someone is experiencing a Flexeril overdose, look for the following signs in them:

  • Chest pain
  • Hallucinations
  • Terrible vomiting
  • Slurring of speech
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Rapid heartbeat

If a Flexeril user wakes up one day and quits their addiction to the drug for good, Flexeril withdrawal symptoms they may experience. The question of how long their Flexeril withdrawal symptoms last depends on how severely addicted they are/were. But in general, the withdrawal symptoms from Flexeril can include:

  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Perspiration
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Agitated state
  • Insomnia, and understandably
  • Muscle aches

It is, therefore, highly important that one uses drugs such as Flexeril only in accordance with the prescription from their doctor.


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