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Metaxalone Abuse and Addiction
Living with an active drug addiction can often feel like a lonely place to be. While you know you want to put your substance abuse behind you, it can feel challenging to do so on your own. At Muse treatment center, we are committed to supporting patients in overcoming their drug addiction with the support of our highly credentialed and licensed addiction therapists. We see each patient for their unique individual and work to provide them with a customized treatment plan that will support them in overcoming their drug addiction and having long-term success in addiction recovery.
What is Metaxalone?
Metaxalone is a skeletal muscle relaxant that is often prescribed to individuals that are experiencing short-term muscle spasms that are typically quite painful. It reduces the onset and feeling of acute painful muscle spasms by acting on the central nervous system, reducing muscle aches or pains, lower back pain, and spinal cord discomfort or pain. Metaxalone is commonly provided under the brand name Skelaxin. Metaxalone is taken in an oral tablet form at an 800mg dosage.
When a person takes metaxalone, it acts on the skeletal muscles providing relaxation and improving the ability to control your body movements. As metaxalone works on the central nervous system, it will create feelings of sedation within your brain and spinal cord causing feelings of relaxation and releasing any tension.
Signs of Metaxalone Abuse and Addiction
Similar to other prescription drugs, metaxalone produces effects and changes chemical compounds within your body that can increase the risk of a person becoming addicted to metaxalone or other muscle relaxants. If you begin to abuse metaxalone, the following signs and indicators may occur which are symptoms of a metaxalone addiction:
- Constant Sedation
- Dry mouth
- Irregular heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
- Faking injuries or back pain to receive a prescription for metaxalone
- After stopping your use of metaxalone, experiencing withdrawal symptoms
- Using metaxalone longer than it is prescribed for
- Expressing a desire to quit your use of metaxalone but experiencing failed attempts at doing so
Metaxalone Withdrawal Symptoms
After engaging in metaxalone abuse for an extended period and attempting to quit your use of metaxalone, there is the potential for you to experience withdrawal symptoms after ending your use of muscle relaxants. Withdrawal symptoms can include the following:
- Abdominal aches or cramps
- Difficulty with balance
- Muscle spasms or twitches
- Lack of physical or motor coordination
Your withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on the severity of your metaxalone addiction including factors such as how long you have been abusing muscle relaxants, and the quantity, and frequency of your drug abuse.
Long-Term Side Effects of Metaxalone Abuse
With any drug addiction, the longer you engage in drug abuse, the more it increases the risk of developing long-term side effects that can impact your physical and mental health. If you expose your body and brain to long-term muscle relaxant abuse it can pose a risk of serious long-term side effects that can be life-threatening. Common long-term side effects can include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Robust and persistent drug cravings
- Heart failure
- Hemolytic anemia
Metaxalone Addiction Treatment
At Muse treatment center, we offer comprehensive addiction treatment programs that will support you in addressing and healing from the physical and psychological addiction to metaxalone. Patients will be provided with a safe medical detox program within our recovery center to overcome the physical dependence on metaxalone with the ongoing supervision of licensed medical professionals. Our onsite medical team will ensure that you are provided with appropriate medical treatments and addiction therapy that will work to maintain your safety and comfort throughout your healing journey. As you move through any withdrawal symptoms and begin to restore your physical health, you will be able to start diving deep into the root causes of your drug addiction within an inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab program. With the support of evidence-based therapy methods, you will process and heal from the emotions or traumas that have influenced your addictive behavior while gaining the tools and coping skills to maintain a life in addiction recovery. Contact Muse treatment center today to hear more about the personalized treatment programs offered within our recovery center and get started on your road to recovery today.