Cyclobenzaprine, known by the brand names Flexeril or Amrix, is a prescription muscle relaxer that is used to help with muscle pain and spasms, alongside a regimen of physical therapy.
It acts as a central nervous system depressant and is typically prescribed on a short-term or as-needed basis, as a therapeutic and not for managing chronic pain.
While Flexeril does not create the same feelings of euphoria that benzodiazepines or opioids do when taken in higher doses, Flexeril does make people feel drowsy and will slow down vital functions.
Snorting Flexeril Drug Abuse
People that abuse Flexeril may crush and dilute pills in water for faster oral intake, or they may crush and snort pills to feel a faster high.
Because Flexeril doesn’t produce a traditionally sought after “high”, it has not been shown that snorting Flexeril is an effective way to take this drug.
The act of crushing and snorting any prescription medication may be a sign of an emerging or existing substance abuse issue that should be addressed.
Side Effects Of Abusing Flexeril
When Flexeril is used according to medical advice, it can improve energy levels, motor function, sleep, and quality of life for people with skeletal muscle pain and spasms.
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But when people take Flexeril for its relaxing effects or for recreational use, then it may be a sign of a substance abuse disorder.
General Flexeril Abuse Side Effects
People that abuse this drug may experience negative short-term and long-term side effects.
Side effects of Flexeril abuse can include:
- blurred vision
- dry mouth
- sore throat
- bad taste in the mouth
- unusual weakness
Dangers Of Snorting Flexeril
In some circumstances, people can experience more extreme adverse reactions to Flexeril.
These serious effects can be life-threatening—especially if Flexeril is used alongside other central nervous system depressants like alcohol, opioids, or benzodiazepines.
Dangers can include:
- allergic reaction
- loss of consciousness
- low blood pressure
- immune hypersensitivity reactions
- irregular or rapid heartbeat
- liver damage and jaundice
Physical Effects Of Snorting Drugs
Flexeril is not effectively ingested through nasal insufflation. Yet people may still try to amplify its effects by snorting it like they would club drugs, prescription pills, or illicit narcotics and amphetamines.
Snorting any drug may lead to burning inside their nose, nose bleeds, and runny nose in the short-term.
Over the long-term, snorting drugs may cause persistent or intermittent health problems like:
- runny nose or congestion
- mouth ulcers
- ear and facial pain/swelling
- trouble swallowing
- changes to the voice/hoarse throat
- permanent damage to the nasal septum and mucous membranes
Flexeril Overdose Signs And Symptoms
When taken to excess on its own, Flexeril overdose symptoms are typically not life-threatening.
However, in some cases, especially for people with existing heart conditions, Flexeril overdose can be deadly.
An overdose on Flexeril (and often other drugs) can result in cardiac arrest, seizures, and dangerously low blood pressure. Death from Flexeril overdose is rare, but it has been known to happen.
Some signs of a Flexeril overdose can include symptoms of CNS depression, like:
- chest pain
- rapid or slowed heartbeat
- slurred speech
- trouble breathing
- extreme drowsiness
Less life-threatening, but uncomfortable Flexeril overdose symptoms can include:
- dry, flushed, or hot skin
- severe drowsiness
- increased or decreased body temperature
- severe nervousness and restlessness
- muscle stiffness
Treatment And Detox For Flexeril Drug Abuse
When a person takes Flexeril recreationally or in excess for sedation, some people can form cravings and addictive behaviors.
Flexeril addiction may manifest through drug-seeking behavior, refilling a Flexeril prescription for unapproved uses, and lying to get the prescription.
When a person stops taking Flexeril, they may experience withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, cravings, headaches, and nausea.
Because of this, Flexeril abuse may require a period of medically supervised detoxification.
Behavioral therapies during inpatient treatment and outpatient programs are also helpful for those living without substance use.
Flexeril Abuse Treatment Options
If you or a loved one are abusing drugs like Flexeril, it may be a sign of emerging or existing drug addiction.
When prescription medications are abused or misused, it should be a cause for concern.
Our substance abuse treatment specialists can help you determine the best course of addiction treatment for addressing substance abuse that involves prescription drugs like Flexeril.
We have a range of inpatient and outpatient treatment programs that can provide a safe environment to help you learn to live without substance use.
Let us help you work towards a healthy, balanced life. Call today to get started with a treatment center.
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- U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Flexeril
- Medscape – Cyclobenzaprine