IMPORTANT NOTE: The following
information is intended to supplement, not substitute for,
the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist
or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed
to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or
effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional
before using this drug.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Flexeril
USES: Cyclobenzaprine is used to relieve muscle spasms.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually 3 times a day. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. This medication should only be used short-term (for 3 weeks or less) unless directed by your doctor. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase. Consult your doctor
if the medication stops working well.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may cause dizziness,
weakness, incoordination, nausea or vomiting, stomach upset,
constipation, headache, drowsiness, anxiety, irritability,
dry mouth, or increased sweating. If any of these effects
persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor
if you develop any of these serious effects while taking
this medication: chest pain, rapid heart rate, skin rash
or itching, mental confusion, disorientation, seizures,
tingling of the hands or feet, trouble breathing. In the
unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug,
seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic
reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, breathing
trouble. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact
your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, or tiredness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fast/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (such as confusion, hallucinations). A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use. Some products that may interact with this drug include: tricyclic antidepressants (such as amitriptyline, imipramine). Do not take any MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine) during treatment with this medication and for 2 weeks before treatment. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include fast or irregular heartbeat, fainting, severe drowsiness, slurred speech, seizures, mental/mood changes such as confusion, hallucinations.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon
as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for
the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume
your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch
STORAGE: Store this medication at room temperature
between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from
heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep this
and all medications out of the reach of children.