Muscle relaxers are prescription drugs that are used to treat muscle spasms. Muscle relaxers, however, are sometimes abused for their ability to cause euphoria and drowsiness.
Here we take a look at cyclobenzaprine abuse.
What is cyclobenzaprine?
Cyclobenzaprine is a prescription medication that is used for the treatment of muscle spasms. Cyclobenzaprine belongs to the class of drug known as the skeletal muscle relaxants.
These drugs work by relaxing skeletal muscles, and are typically only used on a short-term basis. Cyclobenzaprine comes in an immediate release form that is taken every eight hours, or a once a day extended release form. (1)
Is cyclobenzaprine abused?
While cyclobenzaprine is a prescription medication, it is not a controlled substance. Despite this, the DEA has reported cyclobenzaprine is sometimes abused. Cyclobenzaprine is most often combined with other central nervous system depressants in order to enhance their effects.
Examples of other central nervous system depressants that cyclobenzaprine is often combined with include benzodiazepines, barbiturates, alcohol, and opioids. (2)
What are the effects of cyclobenzaprine?
The effects of cyclobenzaprine abuse typically include the following symptoms (3):
- Dry mouth
- Lack of energy/physical weakness
- Euphoria (2)
These effects may vary or become more pronounced when combined with other central nervous system depressant.
Cyclobenzaprine is only meant for short-term use. When cyclobenzaprine is suddenly stopped after prolonged use, a set of withdrawal symptoms may appear. This withdrawal syndrome typically includes the following symptoms (4):
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