Flexeril, also known as Cyclobenzaprine is a drug that is prescribed as a muscle relaxant. Physicians often prescribe it to ease the pain and muscle spasms caused by muscle strains, injuries or sprains. It is recommended to get lots of rest and possibly even undergo physical therapy when taking the drug to increase its effectiveness. The medication is available in either 5 mg or 10 mg tablets.
How It Works
If you are suffering from muscle spasms, Flexeril can provide effective relief. Instead of affecting the spinal cord or the actual muscles, Flexeril directly affects the brain stem. Therefore, the medication is only used to alleviate muscle spasms caused by problems with the muscles, rather than ones resulting from problems in the brain or spinal cord.
Benefits of Flexeril
- Alleviates tender, stiff or painful muscle-related problems
- Reduces muscle-related pain
- Treats muscle spasms
Make sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations when taking Flexeril; it is usually prescribed as oral tablets that should be taken three times every day. However, your doctor may increase or decrease this dosage according to your particular medical condition. You should also be aware that severe side effects may result from increasing the dose.
Never take Flexeril for longer than three weeks, as it is intended only as a short-term solution. At the end of the three weeks, visit your physician if you do not notice an improvement.
Possible Side Effects
Minor side effects such as drowsiness, blurred vision, fatigue, dry mouth, lightheadedness, constipation or dizziness may occur when taking the drug. In rare cases, taking Flexeril can also result in serious side effects such as: seizures, continuous nausea or vomiting, loss of coordination, confusion, dark urine, hallucinations, yellow eyes or skin, fainting or a rapid or irregular heartbeat.