Prescription drug interactions are a common concern for those in recovery from alcohol addiction or those who are currently drinking. Some prescription drugs are dangerous to take with alcohol. Often, these are medications that have similar effects as alcohol. One potentially harmful drug interaction occurs when a person mixes Flexeril and alcohol.
At Believe Detox Center, we are here to help those struggling with alcohol addiction as well as prescription drug abuse. Understanding more about Flexeril and its effects can help shed light on the dangers of combing alcohol with certain medications.
Flexeril relaxes the muscles by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS primarily consists of the brain and spinal cord. Depressing the CNS essentially slows the activity of the brain and spinal cord, thus, relaxing muscle activity as well. Other CNS depressants include prescription sedatives like benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
Drinking alcohol while on Flexeril can also increase the unpleasant side effects of Flexeril. These side effects include:
These side effects can be dangerous. For example, poor coordination can cause a person to lose their balance and exacerbate the existing musculoskeletal issues that Flexeril is treating. In addition, the person can overdose since they might have a lower tolerance for alcohol while taking Flexeril.
Unlike other sedatives and CNS depressants, Flexeril is generally not addictive. However, a person could still develop an addiction to Flexeril. When a person mixes Flexeril and alcohol, they are increasing the chances of developing an addiction.
In some cases, a person could be taking Flexeril with alcohol intentionally to enhance the effects of both substances. This is called “polysubstance abuse” and is common among those with an addiction. Polysubstance abuse is dangerous since the effects of more than one substance occur simultaneously. In addition, some people drink while taking Flexeril because they have a pre-existing alcohol addiction and cannot stop drinking despite the risks of drug interactions.
However, a person taking Flexeril for an acute musculoskeletal condition must take other steps to ensure a successful recovery. They need to find a suitable and safe replacement medication or use other interventions to treat their physical condition. That is why it is important to talk to medical professionals about any alcohol use when taking prescription medications.
At Believe Detox Center in Los Angeles, California, we offer many services to treat polysubstance abuse like Flexeril and alcohol addiction including:
With comprehensive treatment, clients can recover from their addiction to Flexeril and alcohol while also improving their coping skills for everyday life.
Believe Detox Center in Los Angeles, California, is here for those struggling with addiction to Flexeril and alcohol. In addition, whether a person is dealing with prescription medication addiction, alcohol abuse, or illicit substance use, we have a program to meet your needs. Contact us today to begin treatment for addiction.
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