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Flexeril is an effective muscle relaxer that is also available with the name Cyclobenzaprine. It helps treat muscle pain and discomfort, but doctors usually only recommend taking it for 2 to 3 weeks.
- Flexeril functions in the brain to help relieve muscle spasms or discomfort due to acute conditions when rest and physical therapy are not enough on their own. It is not recommended for use in chronic pain.
Flexeril may cause severe health issues, and the risk is higher in certain groups of people. The significant matters Flexeril can cause are serotonin syndrome, effects on driving and concentration, liver problems, dry mouth, dry eyes, and trouble urinating.
“It would help if you took Flexeril only for a short period. It is not for long-term use because the types of pain it treats should not be chronic” If you have chronic muscle spasms, consult your medical healthcare provider for other alternative medications.
What to know before taking Flexeril?
- Before taking Flexeril, inform your doctor if you ever had liver disease, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, or urination problems to ensure that Flexeril is safe for you.
- Avoid drinking alcohol or other alcoholic beverages 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
If some medicine interacts with Flexeril, it may cause a severe condition known as serotonin syndrome. To avoid this condition, 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. Consult your medical healthcare provider before making any changes regarding how and when you take medications.
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. Older adults are more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine.
How to take Flexeril?
- Take Flexeril orally with or without food as per your doctor’s prescription. Please do not increase the dosage or take it more than recommended as it will not improve your condition any faster; instead, it increases the risk of side effects.
- Your dosage will depend upon your medical condition and response to treatment with Flexeril. Take it for short-term (for three weeks or less) only. Flexeril is not under recommendation for use by anyone younger than 15 years of age.
- Do not take Flexeril if you have been taking 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.
- Tell your medical healthcare provider if your medical condition persists or worsens after 2 to 3 weeks.
Flexeril side effects
There are risks and benefits with every medicine. Even if the drug is working efficiently, you may experience some unwanted side effects. Consult your medical healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Serotonin syndrome or toxicity
- Allergic reactions
- Heart arrhythmias or any other heart rhythm problems
- Seizure (or convulsions)
Common side effects of Flexeril that may get better over time as your body adjusts to the medication are:
- Drowsiness (less likely to occur with long-lasting capsules)
- Dry mouth (less likely with long-acting capsules)
- A general feeling of tiredness
- Blurred vision
- Trouble focusing
Consult your medical healthcare provider instantly if you have any of the following rare but severe side effects:
- Unsteadiness or clumsiness
- Problems in urinating
- Mental depression
- Buzzing or ringing in the ears
- Skin rash, itching, or swelling occurring without other symptoms of an allergic reaction
- Yellowing of eyes or skin
- Unusual thoughts or dreams
- Bloated feeling or gas, nausea or vomiting, indigestion, stomach cramps, or pain
- Frequent urination
- Excitement or nervousness
- A general feeling of illness or discomfort