Is Crushed Flexeril Addictive?

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Asked by karenk

Is Crushed Flexeril Addictive?

My friend has chronic shoulder pain and takes Flexeril. Is it addictive if it is crushed? He said when he crushes it his tongue gets numb.

Answer

Flexeril can be addicting if abused and it's abused  by taking too much of it at once - which is what your friend is doing by crushing it and taking it. When its treated this way  it can result in kind of mellow pleasurable feelings - nothing like the  'highs'  produced by some drugs - but  still with the potential for abuse. A street drug called 'mellow yellow' is essentially flexeril (cyclobenzaprine).

Besides the problem of getting 'addicted' to the pleasurable feelings produced by taking too much Flexeril the drug has the added problem of being  a central nervous system depressant. This means that taking too much of it can make you drowsy, depress your heart and breathing rate, etc. - sometimes with alarming consequences. This is why it should only be taken in the dose given and never combined with other central nervous system depressants such as alcohol.

Crushing drugs really is a no no. They should be taken in the dose and the means prescribed.

Flexeril is usually taken only for brief periods. Hopefully  your friends  shoulder pain will   improve and his mode of taking Flexeril will no  longer  be a problem. Good luck