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Chemically associated with a drug family called, 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.
Getting High On Cyclobenzaprine
According to the FDA, “Pharmacologic similarities among the tricyclic drugs require that certain withdrawal symptoms be considered when FLEXERIL is administered, even though they have not been reported to occur with this drug.
According to the DOJ “Anecdotal reports found on the Internet suggest that individuals are taking cyclobenzaprine alone or in combination with other illicit drugs to produce or enhance psychoactive effects. Individuals have reported taking cyclobenzaprine both orally and intranasally at doses ranging from 10 mg to 60 mg.”
It goes on to say “Sedation, relaxation and increased heart rate were the most common effects reported. Euphoria was reported by a smaller number of individuals.”
According to the NIH “While muscle relaxants have abuse potential, we did not find studies describing abuse of cyclobenzaprine.”
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 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)
Is Cyclobenzaprine a Controlled Substance?
No, it is not a cyclobenzaprine is not a controlled substance. According to DOJ Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control Drug & Chemical Evaluation Section, “Cyclobenzaprine is not controlled under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).”
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 afor 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 highlevels.
- 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
- (a real possibility for anyone experiencing an allergic reaction)
Also, 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.
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