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Metaxalone Addiction and Treatment

Muscle relaxants can be addictive and muscle relaxant abuse does occur.  In general, Metaxalone, when taken as a doctor or pharmacist has prescribed it, should not be addicting.  This means that sticking to therapeutic doses should be safe. Muscle relaxant abuse occurs when someone who has either been prescribed the drug by your doctor or pharmacist takes more than the ordered therapeutic doses or when someone who does not have a prescription uses the drug.  When either of these two circumstances occur, adverse drug effects can result. It can also lead to muscle relaxer addiction. It’s never a good idea to use or “borrow” someone else’s medications, even if it seems like it’s for the right reasons, like pain management or muscle spasms. 

If you’ve been abusing Metaxalone or any other muscle relaxers or any other drugs or alcohol, call us at Resurgence today to discuss treatment options.  We have a variety of services for drug and alcohol abuse and addiction and we’re here to help you find a path forward if you’re struggling with harmful effects of drugs and substance abuse.

What is Metaxalone?

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Metaxalone belongs to the class of medicines known as muscle relaxants. It is given for musculoskeletal conditions and works by affecting the brain as opposed to directly on the skeletal muscle structures. In addition to relaxing muscles it can be used to treat musculoskeletal pain.  Therapeutic doses come in easy to swallow tablet form. Generic versions of the drug are available. Skelaxin is one of the brand names for this drug and is often compared to Flexeril, another drug used for relaxing muscles. Metaxalone 800 mg is not a controlled drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and possesses no pregnancy risk.

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Metaxalone Effects

The abuse and addiction of any drugs and alcohol is almost always going to come with side effects. The adverse drug effects a person can experience can vary greatly, depending on a lot of factors.  If you ever experience a severe adverse drug effect, call 911 immediately.  If the adverse effect is not emergent, you can contact your local or state poison control center for guidance. Some of the common side effects from Metaxalone are as follows:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Skin rash

Signs of Metaxalone Abuse and Addiction

When someone has an issue with prescription drug abuse, especially something as common as muscle relaxers or drugs for pain management, they often try to cover up or minimize the issue.  Drug abusers can be ready with excuses if they know you are going to ask questions about their substance abuse.  If someone you love has entered a cycle of addiction and abuse, you may have to approach them more than once to talk about medical detox, a rehab program, or any other type of abuse and addiction treatment process.  If you have suspicions about prescription drug abuse, here are some things to look for:

  • Continuing to take muscle relaxants after they’re no longer medically needed
  • Needing larger or more frequent doses to feel the same effects
  • Feeling strange, tired, or sick when the muscle relaxant wears off
  • Feeling unable to stop using muscle relaxers
  • Losing interest in regular hobbies and activities
  • Stealing or borrowing money to buy muscle relaxers from friends or dealers
  • Hiding muscle relaxer use from others
  • Major changes in sleeping habits or appetite
  • Taking muscle relaxants with other drugs or alcohol

Metaxalone Withdrawal Symptoms

Addiction and abuse of a substance can cause both physical and mental dependencies, as withdrawal symptoms can be associated with either, too.  Regarding Metaxalone, development of abuse and moderate physical and psychological dependence can occur. Abrupt discontinuation after long-term use can result in mild withdrawal symptoms such as the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle twitching
  • Confusion
  • Occasionally chills
  • Convulsions
  • Hallucinations

Long-Term Side Effects of Metaxalone Abuse

Two of the main long term side effects of Metolazone abuse are effects include hepatotoxicity and hemolytic anemia. When you take or abuse muscle relaxers for too long they can also cause serious side effects including falls, fractures, vehicle crashes, abuse, dependence, and overdose.

Metaxalone Addiction Treatment

Depending on the exact type of muscle relaxant, if you have entered into a cycle of addiction and abuse, please call us today at Resurgence to discuss treatment options.  These can include medical detox, Intensive Outpatient care, Partial Hospitalization plans, inpatient drug rehab, and other addiction treatment options.

Our Metaxalone addiction treatment center provides comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment through a multitude of Metaxalone addiction treatment programs and addiction therapy services. Upon your admission into a Metaxalone addiction treatment center, our addiction treatment professionals will determine the unique underlying mental health conditions that cause your addiction to Metaxalone. Our addiction therapy services and addiction treatment programs in California include:

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