Flexeril (aka cyclobenzaprine) is a prescription medication that is designed to reduce localized skeletal muscle spasms without interfering with the actual function of the muscle by blocking nerve impulses that are sent to the brain.
Flexeril is interchangeable with both Amrix and Fexmid, and this drug is usually used in conjunction with physical therapy, rest, and other non-invasive treatments for sprains and acute overuse injuries.
- Flexeril, Amrix and Fexmid are a brand names for cyclobenzaprine
- Some experts believe cyclobenzaprine should be avoided in elderly patients. In some cases it may cause confusion, delirium, and cognitive impairment.
Because Flexeril is not a narcotic and it is not regarded as having a notable potential for abuse, users report having no difficulty securing a prescription for Flexeril from their regular medical provider, walk-in clinics, or emergency department physicians when they complain about muscle spasms from an injury.
Flexeril High – At Best a “Downer”
The sedative effects of flexeril are due to its antagonistic effect on histamine, serotonin, and muscarinic receptors.
Flexeril is designed to relax muscle spasms and reduce pain signals by slowing brain processes. Although this does not result in any type of altered perception per se.
- when taken on its own, Flexeril is widely believed to have little to no value to the recreational user who is seeking to get high.
- users do report experiencing a mild euphoric sensation due to the increased sense of relaxation they get after taking Flexeril
- experts believe that users who do experience mild euphoria while taking Flexeril are reacting to the anti-depressant qualities of this drug, and take this side effect to be a sign that these users should consider seeking medical treatment for depression
However, some people do seek out Flexeril for use as a sleep aid. Users also report combining Flexeril with other substances that slow down brain processes like alcohol, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines can cause them to experience a semi-conscious state that some people may find desirable.
Overdosing On Flexeril
As with all types of prescription and over-the-counter medications, taking more than the recommended daily dose of Flexeril can cause multiple side effects, some of which can be life-threatening.
The most common symptoms of a Flexeril overdose are extreme drowsiness and an irregular/slow heartbeat. Other reported symptoms include nausea, dizziness, tremors, slurred speech, and hallucinations.
According to the 2011 DAWN Report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 0.9 percent of emergency-room visits to treat overdoses caused by pharmaceuticals involved Flexeril and other medications containing cyclobenzaprine, and none of these incidents involved a fatality.
How Flexeril Works
The active ingredient in Flexeril is Cyclobenzaprine HCI – a tricyclic amine salt which is both water and alcohol-soluble.
- Cyclobenzaprine is chemically related to tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) such as Amoxapine, Doxepin, and Pamelor. Contrary to popular belief, Flexeril is not a narcotic.
Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a central nervous system (CNC) depressant; it works by reducing the frequency and severity of nerve impulses that are sent to the brain which in turn helps to reduce both muscle spasms and pain sensations associated with an acute muscle injury.
Flexeril has a notably long half-life of 18 hours and it can take upwards of 90 hours to fully clear from the body, which is why many people who take this muscle relaxant report feeling the effects for an extended period of time.
Dosages of Flexeril
Always be sure and consult with your physician about the proper dose of Flexeril or any medication
According to the FDA, “Flexeril should be used only for short periods (up to two or three weeks) because adequate evidence of effectiveness for more prolonged use is not available”.
Currently, the suggested starting dosage of Flexeril for otherwise healthy adults is 5mg taken up to 3 times per day for standard tablets. Flexeril is available in;
- 5mg tablets
- 7.5mg tablets
- 10mg tablets
Flexeril is also available in both 15 mg and 30mg extended-release capsules
- The maximum recommended dose of Flexeril is 30 mg per day, divided into 3 doses spaced 8 hours apart; 2-15mg extended-release capsules; or 1-30mg extended release capsule daily.
Prior to 2003, the maximum recommended daily dosage for Flexeril was 60mg, however, upon review of clinical studies, the manufacturer dropped the daily recommended maximum to 30mg.