What is Flexeril?
Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a muscle relaxant medication used to treat muscle spasms, strains and sprains. It works by blocking nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract. Flexeril is typically used for a short period of time (up to two or three weeks).
How does it work?
Flexeril works by blocking nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions. It is believed to work by increasing the levels of a chemical called norepinephrine in the brain, which helps to relieve pain and muscle spasms. Flexeril is classified as a centrally acting muscle relaxant and is typically used to treat muscle spasms and other symptoms of muscle injury or strain. When taken as directed, Flexeril can help to relieve muscle pain and improve range of motion. However, it's important to talk to a doctor before taking Flexeril to make sure it's safe and appropriate for you, and to understand how to use it correctly and safely.
How to take it?
Flexeril is usually taken orally, in tablet form. The recommended dosage and frequency of use will vary depending on the condition being treated and the individual patient. Here are general guidelines for taking Flexeril:
- Take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
- The typical starting dose is 5 mg three times a day.
- The maximum daily dose is 30 mg.
- Do not crush, break, or chew the tablet; swallow it whole with a glass of water.
- Take Flexeril with food or immediately after a meal to reduce the risk of an upset stomach.
- It is recommended to take Flexeril at the same time(s) every day to maintain an even level in the body.
- Do not take Flexeril for more than 2 or 3 weeks unless instructed by your doctor.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking Flexeril, as it can increase drowsiness and other side effects.
It's important to follow your doctor's instructions and to talk to them about any questions or concerns you may have about taking Flexeril.
Flexeril, like all medications, can cause side effects. Some of the most common side effects of Flexeril include:
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
In some cases, Flexeril may cause more serious side effects such as:
- Allergic reactions (such as skin rash, itching, hives, or difficulty breathing)
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Unusual behavior
If you experience any side effects while taking Flexeril, it's important to talk to your doctor right away. They may be able to adjust your dose or switch you to a different medication if necessary. Additionally, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, it's important to talk to your doctor before taking Flexeril to make sure it's safe and appropriate for you.
Here are some precautions to keep in mind when taking Flexeril:
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Flexeril affects you. Flexeril can cause drowsiness and impaired judgment, which can affect your ability to drive or perform other tasks safely.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Flexeril, as it can increase the risk of drowsiness and other side effects.
- Talk to your doctor before taking Flexeril if you have any medical conditions, such as liver or kidney disease, heart disease, glaucoma, a history of urinary retention, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Flexeril can interact with other medications, so it's important to tell your doctor about all the drugs you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
- If you experience any side effects while taking Flexeril, it's important to talk to your doctor right away.
It's always important to follow your doctor's instructions and to talk to them about any questions or concerns you may have about taking Flexeril. They can help you understand the benefits and risks of the medication and help you use it safely and effectively.