I've been prescribed Flexeril and would like to know if it's addictive.
Flexeril (or cyclobenzaprine), a muscle relaxant designed to decrease muscle pain, is generally intended for short term use. According to RxList Flexeril is not addictive but it can cause withdrawl symptoms when discontinued. Addiction implies a psychological compulsion to use a substance; withdrawl, on the other hand, concerns side effects which can occur when a substance is discontinued. A compulsion to use a substance is not part of withdrawl.
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Flexeril does not appear to have the same addictive qualities as opiates. However, most medications can create a dependency and Flexeril is no exception. The question I tend to ask myself when taking medication that can create a dependency, is what I become dependent on - is it the medication? Or is it because when I take the medication, my pain is controlled to such an extent that I can live my life the way I want to? In my case, the answer is that living my life, meeting my responsibilities and enjoying my life is dependent on taking a number of medications. And I'm usually okay with that, although I always research the pros and cons of new medications and discuss it with my doctor before I start taking the meds.
If you take it as prescribed and it does not impact your life in a negative way (such as extreme drowsiness), you should be okay. As always, I would recommend speaking to your doctor in more detail about your concerns. And if your concerns are based on a history of addiction, discussing this with your doctor is even more crucial.
Remember, too, that dependence is different than addiction. You can read more about the distinction here:
Opioids: The difference between addiction and dependence