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Cyclobenzaprine

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Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Amrix®;Fexmid®;Flexeril®
    • Canadian Brand Names: Apo-Cyclobenzaprine®;Dom-Cyclobenzaprine;Flexeril®;Flexitec;Gen-Cyclobenzaprine;Mylan-Cyclobenzaprine;Novo-Cycloprine;Nu-Cyclobenzaprine;PHL-Cyclobenzaprine;PMS-Cyclobenzaprine;ratio-Cyclobenzaprine;Riva-Cycloprine
    • Mexican Brand Names: Yuredol
    • Pharmacologic Category: Skeletal Muscle Relaxant

    Uses
    • It is used as a muscle relaxant.
    • Cyclobenzaprine works through the brain to ease pain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take long-acting products at the same time of day.
    • Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • This drug is used with rest, physical therapy, pain drugs, and other therapies.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking certain other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to cyclobenzaprine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Fast heartbeat, overactive thyroid gland, recent heart attack, weak heart, or slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker.
    • If you have taken isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine) must be stopped 14 days before this drug is started. Taking the two at the same time could cause risky high blood pressure.

    Precautions

    • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
    • If you have glaucoma, talk with doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have trouble passing urine, talk with doctor.
    • Check drugs with doctor. This drug may not mix well with other drugs.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions and reactions.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Dry mouth may cause more cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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