Are There Withdrawal Symptoms When You Stop Using Flexeril?

Some users may experience withdrawal symptoms when stopping Flexeril; these symptoms include muscle aches, difficulty sleeping, sweating, nausea and vomiting, notes Drug Addiction Treatment. The longer a person uses Flexeril, the greater the chance that symptoms of withdrawal will be experienced.

Flexeril is only supposed to be used for 2 weeks. Some studies suggest that it is not even effective at treating muscle tension after the first 2 days, yet some doctors continue to prescribe it anyway.

The symptoms of withdrawal from Flexeril are similar to those of flu. Some doctors help patients wean off the drug slowly to avoid this withdrawal when discontinuing usage.

Flexeril is a trademarked brand of cyclobenzaprine. It comes in tablet, capsule and solution forms and is usually prescribed for use in treating conditions of the musculoskeletal system, including sprains and strains. It is also sometimes prescribed for severe back pain and fibromyalgia.

Flexeril is usually prescribed in 10 milligram doses to be taken three times daily. These dosages may be increased up to 60 milligrams. It is also available in an extended release version.

Flexeril is not classified as an addictive substance by the government, although it does have the potential for abuse. The street name for Flexeril is "mellow yellow."