Flexeril is not a controlled substance, which means it has no reports of addiction. But then again this is what they reported during the trials many years ago. If anyone does get an addiction or become dependent on flereril, then it needs to be reported to the FDA so they can put out warnings with the medication. But personally I have never heard of people doctor shopping for flexeril.
In some states, Soma is a controlled substance, I guess people have gotten addicted to it. I did some research online about
it a while ago when my muscles where hurting and wanted to know what the choices are, and there where alot of stories about
people taking Soma with vicodin to get an intense high, and thats why more and more states are reviewing this drug, to make it a controlled substance, and I've even heard that alot of doctors are refusing to prescribe it anymore.
But also remember, that "addiction" is one has a severe craving for a drug, take more the prescribed, spend all their time trying to get more by doctor shopping or buying it off the streets, basically their lives revovle around the drug....
Being "dependent" is when you need a medication to have a better quality of life, and is taken as prescribed. And this doesnt just include pain medications, this also includes medications for diabetics, blood pressure, antidepressents, and so on. In other words, our bodies are dependent on these to makes us live a somewhat normal life, and we shouldn't feel guilty for taking these medications.
So if your doctor is prescribing this medication for you, then you should not feel guilty to take it, and remember that side effects always wear off after a few weeks, and if it's too strong, then call your doctor and ask if it's okay to cut the medication in half, and if you can't cause it's a long releasing drug, then ask for a smaller dose. but I've cut Flexerils in half before, but I hear their's a long acting flexeril on the shelfs now, and those can't be cut.
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