Is Flexeril a Narcotic?
Given the symptoms of a cyclobenzaprine high, you may be tempted to ask the question, “is Flexeril an opioid or is cyclobenzaprine a muscle relaxer of a different sort?”
And the question isn’t an uncommon one. Many people believe that Flexeril is a narcotic similar to other painkillers like OxyContin, Fentanyl, or Vicodin based on how it makes you feel alone.
However, the truth is cyclobenzaprine belongs to a separate class of chemicals known as muscle relaxant. Rather than activating opioid receptors like other prescription painkillers, Flexeril instead blocks certain nerve impulses that are sent to the brain.
Just because cyclobenzaprine isn’t an opioid though doesn’t mean it hasn’t become a substance of abuse.
How Do People Abuse Flexeril?
Can Flexeril make you high? It’s not as intense as other prescription pain killers but there is still the potential for an altered state. Flexeril abuse can lead to the user feeling sedated and relaxed. There is the possibility of a euphoric cyclobenzaprine high as well. Flexeril is not a narcotic but it can become quite dangerous when abused or mixed with other drugs.
It can easily be dissolved in alcohol or crushed and snorted, making the Flexeril high much more intense. Cyclobenzaprine isn’t widely abused, though the high potential is there. When used for illicit purposes, the street names include, “cyclone” or “mellow yellow.
Recreational Flexeril doses will be more like 20-80 mg. A prescription Flexeril generic dose is 5mg – 10 mg at one time. Primary effects when taking cyclobenzaprine recreationally include drowsiness and a feeling of relaxation. The Flexeril high can include a pleasurable feeling of muscle relaxation and a feeling of floating as well.
The DEA has found that most people abusing Flexeril do so by mixing it with illegal or prescription drugs. This is because cyclobenzaprine enhances effects of other CNS depressants such as:
Risk of Abusing Flexeril
The DEA has stated there really is no risk when it comes to Flexeril. This is based on what the FDA approved the drug for. In fact, the DEA has not officially listed cyclobenzaprine as a controlled substance at all. However, when abusing Flexeril recreationally, it does become a greater risk to the user.
In the first place, Flexeril abuse can end up causing an overdose, the effects of which can be incredibly dangerous. Dangerous fluctuations in body temperature, irregular heartbeat, and even convulsions are all possible from too much cyclobenzaprine recreational use.
Flexeril recreational use can also end up leading to the development of physical dependency. This is marked by a need to use cyclobenzaprine regularly in order to simply function.
And when this dependency gets out of hand, Flexeril addiction is possible, which can have long-term implications and health effects that can end up tearing apart your life as you know it.
These two dangerous consequences of Flexeril abuse are exacerbated by the fact that mixing drugs with cyclobenzaprine can make Flexeril addictive and deadly on a whole new level.
Taking Flexeril with MAOs puts a person at high risk of a dangerous medical condition. Serotonin Syndrome is life threatening. It can occur when Tetracyclic Compounds and MAOIs both raise the level of serotonin too high in the body. It can cause changes in blood pressure, body temperature and lead to a change in behavior.
To add to the risk of overdose, addiction, and mixing substances along with cyclobenzaprine recreational use, patients can also be extremely allergic to Flexeril which can cause the body to react quickly.
If a person has an overactive thyroid, heart issues or problems with the liver, Flexeril can be risky and should not be taken.
Risks of Combining Flexeril and Alcohol
The combination of Flexeril and alcohol can cause serious problems in the central nervous system, the consequences of which may end up being fatal.
The problem with combining Flexeril and alcohol comes from the fact that both of these drugs are actually central nervous system (CNS) depressants. That means that both Flexeril and alcohol have a tendency to slow down the body’s natural processes.
One of the most important bodily processes that these two drugs can end up impacting is respiration. When used alone, alcohol can end up slowing respiration to deadly levels due to alcohol poisoning. Flexeril abuse can also end up leading to dangerously slow respiration.
When Flexeril and alcohol are mixed, however, these qualities can actually end up overlapping, making the potentially fatal risk of low respiration even more likely to occur.
The alcohol also increases the side effects of cyclobenzaprine. This includes the dizziness, difficulty thinking, and drowsiness. As a result, they may be more likely to physically hurt themselves while abusing cyclobenzaprine and alcohol. It’s not advised that a person drink alcohol at all while they’re being treated with Flexeril.
People that combine Flexeril and alcohol also may not think properly and are more susceptible to making bad choices. This can cause risk to the user. Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, walking through a bad part of town, and other risks to physical harm may end up being more likely when abusing Flexeril and alcohol.
There have been a number of fatalities reported as a result of the Flexeril and alcohol combination that occurred from physical harm caused by over-intoxication.
A Flexeril overdose is possible. Common effects include drowsiness and an increase in the heart rate.
Less common effects include:
- Tremors or seizures
- Falling into a coma
- Slurred speech
- Nausea leading to vomiting
- Severe Nervousness
- Muscle stiffness
- Trouble with breathing
Rarely, a Flexeril overdose can in fact cause life-threatening symptoms. These rare side effects from too intense of a cyclobenzaprine high include:
- Cardiac arrest
- Chest pain
- Cardiac dysrhythmias
- Severe hypotension
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
Usually people won’t die from a cyclobenzaprine overdose. There are over 12,000 people in the U.S who will go to the emergency room looking to be treated for Flexeril overdose. A study showed that 209 people who overdosed on Flexeril on its own survived the ordeal. Mixing the drug with other substances however, has shown to cause accidents leading to death.