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What is Flexeril?
- Flexeril is the brand name of Cyclobenzaprine medication for muscle spasms from musculoskeletal conditions of sudden onset. It is available in a generic medicine and is helpful with rest and physical therapy to treat pain, injury, cramps, and other skeletal muscle conditions. It is not beneficial in cerebral palsy.
- Flexeril is helpful to treat muscle spasms connected with physical therapy, which may occur because of acute musculoskeletal conditions. You should try not to take this medicine if you have thyroid, heart block, a heart rhythm disorder, congestive heart failure, or a recent heart attack—no recommendation for use more than a few weeks. It is for oral intake only.
- Muscle spasms occur to stabilize the body part affected during an injury; it prevents pain to prevent further damage. Flexeril treats such muscle spasms aligned to acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions. It is helpful along with other treatments for tetanus.
- You should avoid taking Flexeril if you have a heart block, thyroid disorder, heart rhythm disorder, congestive heart failure, or you recently had a heart attack.
- Do not take Flexeril if you take an MAO inhibitor in the past two weeks, such as Tranylcypromine, Selegiline, Rasagiline, Phenelzine, Linezolid, or Isocarboxazid.
What to know before taking Flexeril?
Avoid drinking until you know how Flexeril will affect you. Dangerous side effects may occur if you continue drinking alcohol during the consumption of this medication.
If you are allergic to Flexeril, then you must not use it, or if you have:
- A thyroid disorder
- Heart rhythm disorder
- Heart block
- Congestive heart failure
- A recent heart attack
It is not under recommendation for use by anyone younger than 15 years of age.
Don’t use Flexeril if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past two weeks because it may lead to a dangerous drug interaction. Isocarboxazid, phenelzine, linezolid, selegiline, rasagiline, and tranylcypromine come under MAO inhibitors.
If some medicine interacts with Flexeril, it may cause a severe condition known as serotonin syndrome. Ensure that your doctor knows if you also take stimulant medicine, herbal products, opioid medicine, or medicine for mental illness, depression, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or for the prevention of nausea and vomiting. Prior Consult your doctor before making any changes regarding how and when you take medications.
Inform your doctor if you ever had liver disease, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, or urination problems to ensure that Flexeril is safe for you.
It is still unknown whether Flexeril will harm an unborn baby or not. Tell your doctor if you are expecting or planning to conceive. Do not breastfeed while taking this medicine.
Old age people are more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.
How to take Flexeril?
Take Flexeril precisely as per the doctor’s recommendation. Usually, doctors recommend taking it once daily for only two to three weeks. Follow all the directions in the prescription label and medication guides. Occasionally, your doctor may change your dosage.
Take medicine at the exact time each day. Call your medical healthcare provider if there is no improvement in your symptoms after three weeks of use or if they get worse. Store Flexeril away from heat and moisture at room temperature.
Dosage information is only for Flexeril oral tablets. Your dosage, form, and strength of the drug and how often you take this medicine depend upon:
- your age,
- the condition for which your treatment is going on
- The severity of your condition
- Your other medical conditions
- How you react to the first dose
It is available in three strengths: 5 mg. 7.5 mg, 10 mg.
Dosage for relief of muscle spasms
- Adult dosage (ages 18 to 64 years) – 5 to 10 mg three times per day.
- Child dosage (ages 15 to 17 years) – 5 to 10 mg three times per day.
- Child dosage (0-14 years) – not available
Senior dosage (ages 65 years and older) – due to the non-efficient working of the kidney at this age, the drugs’ processing may be slow in your body. And as a result, more of the drug stays in the body for a longer time. It raises your risk of side effects. The initial dosage for people under this age group is low or different from other dosing schedules. It can help to balance this drug in your body.
If you have moderate liver issues, your doctor may start you with a lower dose or a different dosing schedule. It can help in keeping levels of Flexeril from building up too much in your body. Never take this medication if you are suffering from moderate or severe liver problems.
In case of an overdose to Flexeril, take medical help or call the Poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of cyclobenzaprine can be deadly. Overdose symptoms of Flexeril may include vomiting, severe drowsiness, tremors, rapid heartbeats, agitation, or hallucinations.
What to avoid while using Flexeril?
- Avoid consumption of alcohol because it can cause dangerous or deadly side effects.
- Avoid driving any vehicle or performing any hazardous activity until you know this medicine’s effect on you. There could be an impairment in your reactions.
Flexeril side effects
Stop using Flexeril and urgently call your doctor if you have any of the following severe side effects:
- Fast or irregular heartbeats;
- Sudden weakness or numbness, balance problems, slurred speech; or
- Chest pressure or pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder
Get medical attention immediately if you have any serotonin syndrome symptoms, such as:
- Muscle stiffness,
- Rapid heart rate,
- Loss of coordination,
- Nausea, or
Common side effects of Flexeril may include dry mouth, tiredness, drowsiness, headache, dizziness, nausea, upset stomach, or constipation. It is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Consult your doctor for medical advice regarding side effects—report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What drugs can interact with Flexeril?
- Using Flexeril with other drugs that cause drowsiness can worsen this effect. Ask your medical healthcare provider before taking opioid medication, a muscle relaxer, a sleeping pill, or any treatment for anxiety or seizures.
- Various drugs may interact with Flexeril, including prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, herbal products, and vitamins.