06 Aug Flexeril and Addiction
Most people fail to consider that prescription medications are not always safe. Just because a doctor prescribes a medication does not mean it is risk-free. Many medications can cause serious side effects and some can lead to addiction. Flexeril addiction is not common, but it is a real possibility. If you are taking this medication, understand the risks and always take it according to your doctor’s instructions.
How Is Flexeril Used?
Flexeril is a medication that is used as a pain reliever and a muscle relaxant. The generic name of the drug is cyclobenzaprine and it is similar to medications used to treat depression. Your doctor may prescribe you Flexeril if you have a certain kind of pain. It helps to treat pain associated with muscle sprains, strains and severe back pain. It is only intended to be used for short periods of time, up to two weeks. For this reason, it is suitable for treating pain caused by an acute incident, but not for chronic pain.
What Are the Risks Associated With Taking Flexeril?
For the most part, Flexeril is safe to take. There are some possible side effects. Dry mouth, dizziness and drowsiness are the most commonly experienced side effects. Less commonly, Flexeril may cause blurred vision, fatigue, muscle weakness, constipation, ear ringing, depression, flu-like symptoms and headaches. If you take Flexeril and experience any of these symptoms, you should speak to your doctor.
Can Flexeril Be Addictive?
Flexeril abuse is another possible risk associated with taking this medicine, although it is not common. Abusing a prescription means taking it in a way that has not been directed by your doctor. If you have been taking more Flexeril than you are supposed to, or if you have been taking it longer than directed, you have been abusing it. Addiction is a rare occurrence with this medication, but if you have been asking yourself, “I have been taking Flexeril for years, am I addicted?” the answer may be yes.
Flexeril is only recommended for short-term use. If you have been taking it for years, you may have developed an addiction. One important sign of addiction to any medication is the experience of withdrawal when you stop using it. Signs of withdrawal may include nausea, feeling anxious or jittery, headaches and trouble sleeping.
If you experience withdrawal from Flexeril, you may be both physically and psychologically dependent on the drug. The relaxed sensation you get from Flexeril may feel so good that you want to keep taking it long after you need it for pain. You may keep chasing that pleasant feeling even if you are not physically dependent on the drug.
Any type of drug dependence is a serious matter. Your pain medication is not meant to be taken indefinitely, and, as soon as you stray from your doctor’s directions, you are putting yourself at risk for addiction and other consequences. The good news is that you can get help. Admit to your doctor that you have been abusing your medication and get resources for professional addiction help.
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