The first step in the Flexeril rehabilitation process is detoxification — when the user stops taking Flexeril and allows it to exit his or her bloodstream completely. Flexeril has a half-life of eight to 37 hours, which means about half the substance is removed from the body within this amount of time. As a result, it typically takes three to four days for the detoxification process to conclude. In some users, the withdrawal process may take several weeks, especially after years of chronic abuse.
The amount of time it takes to detoxify completely depends on many factors, including how long the individual has been using, how often the individual was taking the drug and whether the individual was combining Flexeril with alcohol or other substances. The presence of chronic medical conditions can also influence the amount of time it takes to withdraw from Flexeril completely.
Flexeril withdrawal may make it difficult to get a restful night's sleep
In some users, withdrawing from Flexeril may cause insomnia, making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. This can be especially dangerous for individuals employed in safety-sensitive positions, such as truck drivers and machinists, as the lack of sleep may increase the risk of accidents and injuries.
Some users report a general sense of malaise that lasts for several weeks
Malaise is a general feeling of illness that doesn’t have an obvious cause. In some users, withdrawing from Flexeril may cause a sense of malaise that persists for several days or weeks; however, this is a rare side effect of Flexeril withdrawal.
Flexeril withdrawal may lead to nausea and headaches that can interfere with an individual's ability to maintain employment or go to school
Nausea and headache are some of the most common effects of Flexeril withdrawal. For some users, they pass within a few days of detoxification; other users, however, may experience nausea and headache for several weeks after complete withdrawal from the substance.
Flexeril Detoxification Medications
No medications have been approved specifically to treat Flexeril withdrawal; however, a treatment facility may provide supportive medicines to help ease symptoms such as headache and nausea. For example, over-the-counter acetaminophen helps relieve headaches, and ondansetron can be used to relieve nausea and prevent vomiting.
For more information about withdrawal, read our guide on Flexeril Addiction.