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What is Cyclobenzaprine and What Does it Treat?
Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant prescribed for pain relief related to skeletal muscular conditions. It is used on a short-term basis, three weeks or less. There are a few brands of cyclobenzaprine including:
- Comfort Pac with Cyclobenzaprine
Common conditions cyclobenzaprine is used to treat:
- Muscle strains
- Pulled backs
How Does Cyclobenzaprine Work?
Cyclobenzaprine acts on nerve fibers that control muscle contractions. It does not heal muscle tissue nor does it act directly on the musculoskeletal system. It works by blocking nerve impulses that cause pain sensations and is used as a supplement to rest and physical therapy.
Cyclobenzaprine takes effect in the brain stem and does not reduce muscle spasms for central nervous system diseases like cerebral palsy.
Cyclobenzaprine Dosage and Treatment
Cyclobenzaprine is usually taken orally as an immediate-release, or extended-release, tablet or capsule. Other formulations include, compounding powder, oral and topical kits.
Dosages begin with 5 mg taken 3 times a day, or a single extended-release tablet of 15 mg once a day. For most adults, this amount is slowly increased up to a maximum of 30 mg total per day. Dosages stay at 5 mg for elderly patients.
For people with mild liver impairment, dosages also begin at 5 mg and are very slowly increased. People with more moderate and severe liver issues are not prescribed cyclobenzaprine.
Immediate-release formulations are not approved for people younger than 15 years. Extended-release formulations are not approved for people younger than 18 years.
Tablets and capsules should be consumed whole without crushing, splitting, or chewing. Take medication at the same time each day.
Benefits of Cyclobenzaprine
- Relieves spasms, pain, and tenderness associated with musculoskeletal conditions.
- Improves range of motion.
- Does not disrupt muscle function.
- Helps patients perform regular daily activities while healing.
- Drowsiness can help with disrupted sleep.
- Cyclobenzaprine is not addictive.
- It is the most studied drug in the category of muscle relaxants.
Side Effects of Cyclobenzaprine
Most common side effects:
- Drowsiness or fatigue (most common, up to 38%)
- Dizziness and blurred vision
- Dry mouth or throat
Less common side effects (if these are regular or become worse, tell your doctor):
- Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, indigestion, stomach cramps, or upset stomach
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle weakness
- Frequent urination
- Numbness, tingling, or pain
More severe side effects can occur. Experiencing any of the following can be an emergency and immediate medical care should be sought out.
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty urinating
- Allergic reaction (hives; swelling in the face, lips, tongue, or throat; or difficulty breathing)
- Chest pain
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty moving or speaking
- Muscle stiffness
- Twitching, trembling, convulsions, or seizures
- Fever, sweating, or shivering
- Changes in body temperature
If you experience any side effects of cyclobenzaprine that are not listed here, tell your doctor.
Considerations and Precautions of Cyclobenzaprine
Drowsiness is common when taking cyclobenzaprine, and users should not drive or operate heavy machinery. Alcohol and marijuana can exacerbate the effect of drowsiness and should be avoided while using cyclobenzaprine.
Approximately 760 drugs are known to cause interactions with cyclobenzaprine. Before taking cyclobenzaprine, tell your doctor about any medications you are taking or have recently taken.
The most common or dangerous drug interactions are:
- MAO inhibitors (e.g. Marplan, Nardil, Azilect, Eldepryl, and Parnate). These cause serious, life-threatening side effects if taken within two weeks of any cyclobenzaprine.
- Tricyclics antidepressants can block the effects of cylobenzaprine while cyclobenzaprine can amplify the effects of tricyclic antidepressants.
- Alcohol, which amplifies the sedative effects of cyclobenzaprine.
- Drugs that increase serotonin (St. John's Wort, bupropion, antidepressants, and others).
- Liver disease
- Increased eye pressure
- Heart problems (e.g. irregular heartbeat, heart failure, heart attack, heart block,etc.)
- Thyroid disorders
- Enlarged prostate or urinary difficulties
Pregnancy and Cyclobenzaprine
It is not known if cyclobenzaprine passes into breast milk, or if cyclobenzaprine is harmful to unborn babies. Still, discuss with your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Can you Buy a Cyclobenzaprine Prescription Online?
Yes, you can buy cyclobenzaprine online even though it is prescription only. Although there are online “pharmacies” that are scams, there are reputable ones as well. The FDA has a guide for choosing an online pharmacy.
Fortunately, there are reputable sites like PlushCare where you can talk to a doctor through an online appointment. If your doctor decides cyclobenzaprine is appropriate for you, they can write or refill a prescription online and help you choose a trustworthy online pharmacy.
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