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Anxiety Relief and a Pleasant Surprise
Metaxalone (Skelaxin)
by Ivy Traveller
Citation:   Ivy Traveller. "Anxiety Relief and a Pleasant Surprise: An Experience with Metaxalone (Skelaxin) (ID 77921)". Erowid.org. Jul 9, 2009. erowid.org/exp/77921

 
DOSE: 400 mg insufflated Pharms - Metaxalone (ground / crushed)

BODY WEIGHT: 180 lb


For the past 2 years, I have been consistently prescribed oxycodone – in various forms – for a broken back, the subsequent surgery, and post-surgical pain. I have developed quite a tolerance as you might imagine, requiring over 200mg a day to alleviate the pain. I also misused the prescription, insufflating them to get high. It was great until my tolerance built up and the amount required to be high became huge.

As a result, I would burn through my prescriptions (amount prescribed: 2 – 20mg Oxycontin/day; 4 – 15mg Roxicodone/day) in about a week. I’d go through withdrawal over and over again when my script ran out. I actually got pretty used to it! Good at it, more like it. At least, after a while, it didn’t seem so bad, especially with tapering off a bit beforehand.

To the point of this report: I had been off the opiates for about a week and was doing pretty well. I was finally sleeping fairly well at night but still was anxious, especially in the morning, along with some of the annoying but treatable gastrointestinal problems. Looking for a way to ease the anxiety without resorting to another addictive substance like benzodiazepines, I decided to try Skelaxin, a muscle relaxant that I had also been prescribed for muscle spasms.

Skelaxin always worked terrifically for me for the spasms. It took care of the problems and didn’t make me sleepy. As a result of having swallowed several of these over the past year, I didn’t have much hope that it would relieve any of the anxiety symptoms. The worst of these for me was an annoying tightening of muscles and shaking. I had tried taking the Skelaxin – swallowing them – to alleviate these symptoms to no avail. Thus, I thought that perhaps a different method of ingestion might work better. Immediately, I went to my old standby for recreational pill use – insufflation.

I sat down and carved up half of an 800mg Skelaxin pill, expecting to have to take many more to get any relief for the anxiety. I was surprised to find that after snorting the 400mg within the span of about 10 minutes that I was beginning to feel much more relaxed. Finally, Skelaxin resembled other muscle relaxants like Soma and Flexeril. The “body high” – which for me was more or less a relief of the anxiety plus a bit more relaxation – was very similar to these other two drugs. It lasted for about 3 hours! Another big surprise.

Overall, I’d say that my experience with snorting Skelaxin was very positive. It alleviated my anxiety symptoms effectively and provided an additional, pleasant, more recreational body high. The only drawback that I could foresee is that taking more might make one nauseous. I experienced a bit of this shortly after snorting the 400mg but it disappeared rather quickly. I would also plan on not having anything physical (or perhaps mental) for the duration of the high, since it is a muscle relaxant and effectively turned me into a “couch lump”, having difficulty moving, feeling heavy, etc. Aside from these few things, Skelaxin was effective for me both for the treatment of some opiate-withdrawal related anxiety and for the generation of a pretty decent body high.

Exp Year: 2008ExpID: 77921
Gender: Not Specified 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: Jul 9, 2009Views: 97,805
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