Chemically associated with a drug family called tricyclic antidepressants, Cyclobenzaprine emerged as one of the first depression medications in the 1950s. Similar to the way tricyclics treat depression, Cyclobenzaprine prevents reuptake of norepinephrine and serotonin so the brain is exposed to increased levels of these two mood transmitters.
- In addition, researchers think Cyclobenzaprine blocks nerve impulses traveling to the brain, providing pain relief.
Cyclobenzaprine Is Not A Narcotic
A narcotic is defined as a psychoactive drug associated with opioids and opiates that induces sleep and is a derivative of raw opium compounds.
- Cyclobenzaprine is not a narcotic
- It is classified as a tricyclic amine salt (does not target opioid receptors in the brain)
Getting High On Cyclobenzaprine
By interfering with normal neurotransmitter levels in the brain, Flexeril, and other medications containing Cyclobenzaprine, may cause abusers to suffer anticholinergic toxidrome. It can also prevent cholinergic neurotransmission to specific receptors in the brain.
Symptoms of anticholinergic toxidrome caused by Cyclobenzaprine abuse may include:
- Confusion, delirium and/or altered mental status
- Fever, flushing
- Abnormal pupil dilation
- Inability to urinate
Unless treated, severe anticholinergic toxidrome may lead to coma, seizures and heart attack.
Is Cyclobenzaprine And Drinking Alcohol Okay?
Combining Cyclobenzaprine with alcohol or other central nervous depressant will enhance the sedative effects of Cyclobenzaprine. Brain functioning becomes severely impaired, breathing may slow significantly and heart rate can drop to shock levels.
- If enough Cyclobenzaprine and alcohol are taken simultaneously, the user risks complete suppression of the respiratory system and or heart failure.
Flexeril also increases depressant qualities of other drugs such as antihistamines, antidepressants, narcotic pain medications and other muscle relaxants. Taking Cyclobenzaprine with MAO inhibitors ( brands like Marplan, Nardil, Parnate) may cause death. If you are taking an MAO, doctors will make you stop taking the MAO at least two weeks before you begin using a cyclobenzaprine product.
Cyclobenzaprine 10 mg
For musculoskeletal pain and spasms, doctors typically prescribe 10 mg of Cyclobenzaprine two or three times daily. For severe pain, dosage can be increased to 60 mg daily. However, prescriptions are written as a two week supply only because of Flexeril’s potential for abuse and addiction. For new Cyclobenzaprine users, a Cyclobenzaprine 10 mg high is possible until they develop a tolerance for the drug’s sedating effects.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency does not classify Cyclobenzaprine as a drug presenting potential addiction risks. However some people, when they discover its sedative, muscle relaxing effects, start abusing it. People who end up abusing Cyclobenzaprine for its psychoactive properties can easily develop high tolerance levels.
- Cyclobenzaprine does cause unpleasant side effects and withdrawal symptoms if someone addicted to Flexeril abruptly stops taking it.
Although rare, Flexeril users can have life-threatening allergic reactions to Cyclobenzaprine. Indications of an allergic reaction involve;
- swelling of the lips, throat and tongue
- difficulty breathing
- Anaphylaxis (a real possibility for anyone experiencing an allergic reaction)