Flexeril

Last Update May 3, 2016
Flexeril is a muscle relaxant.
Uses: Flexeril is prescribed for Pain and Spasms and is mostly mentioned together with these indications. In addition, our data suggest that it is taken for Fibromyalgia, although it is not approved for this condition. Read More
Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant medication used to relieve skeletal muscle spasms and associated pain in Acute (medicine) musculo...
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Positive 3,873 "Should be a good day, no muscle pain (and cyclobenzaprine/Flexeril is a good opiate potentiator as well). Pj, do you have access to any muscle... "Read more positive discussions
Negative 3,200 "At about 3 weeks of the Flexaril I was sleeping worse than I ever did before and was feeling wired I stoped the Flexaril. ...Has anyone had the same experience with the flexaril or know what... "Read more negative discussions
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| Merila
As if being in constant pain wasn't bad enough, I've gained 30 plus pounds since starting Meloxicam & Cyclobenzaprin & Flexeril. I tried all 3 and ALL have left me bloated. Nothing fits anymore. I feel bloated when I haven't even eaten anything at all. I have been on a strict diet for 3 months, walking 30 miles a week, running 12 miles a week. So obviously it is the medicine.
I weighed 110lbs, I now weigh 138lbs. I cannot explain how uncomfortable this insta-weight feels. I'D RATHER BE IN SERIOUS PAIN THAN TAKE THIS DRUG EVER AGAIN. DONT DO IT! DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE!!! SCIENTISTS WHO CREATED THIS DO NOT EVEN INDERSTAND WHY "IT WORKS". That is just insane. How does FDA approve this??? They are just in it for the money, NOT our health.
Hydrocodone works the best for pain w/out the weight gain. but they're now banning the use. These people who don't even live with chronic pain are telling us what we should and shouldn't take. It's incredibly outrageous.

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| Carly123
I have been taking Adderral for probably a little over a year now along with xanax when needed. What does flexeril do while taking adderall both in the morning together before work?

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| IBS boy
I've been taking a Flexril generic called Cyclobenzaprien on and off for a while for pain in lower back/ disc tears/spine desinigration. I use to take just about every night for few months till I started getting side effects such as depression, auditory hallucinations (sense of hearing things that were not said), paranoia, dry OMFG dry mouth ( I would drink several cans and cans of soda). This was after 3-4 straight months of use. Made by Cadista I think (horrible generic). I stopped taking this medicine abruptly and experienced my IBS flare up like a muther f-er. I take 240mg oxycodoneIR a day, yet my diarrhea spasms broke through badly, also gasy for 2-3 days.

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| Debra Keller
I was given Flexeril when I broke my back. I don't remember anything after that. At first, I thought it was the trauma of the diagnosis. I now realize it was the medication I was given.

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| Linda
My husband of 44 years takes this for back pain. He is a very passive agressive person normally. When he is taking this he only comes out of shell to distribute the worse of his normal personality. He displays increased road rage and makes everyone his enemy. He stays away from those he doesn't want to see his behavior and goes into hiding. This is a serious drug given to the wrong person who can be abusive. His doctor agreed so he changed doctors.
July 29, 2015
Linda, I feel for you! sounds more like bi-polar. Have you considered removing yourself from this abusive situation? YOU come first; take care of YOU!!!

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| Pumpkin125
I am currently taking tramadol and cyclobenzaprine, can I take metformin 500mg also

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| Jan
Can bactrim n flexril be taken together?

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Sleeping ok?
| BigBoi
Any crazy dreams or phantom spasms? I just made that word up.
I have both flexeril and percocet and I've been waking myself up almost every now through the night. I am trying to see which one of the two are doing this to me but have relinquished taking pain pills because of these night terrors.

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I took 45mg of mirtazapine then was prescribed flexeril .
| Michelle
It caused me to get serotonin syndrome. luckily I realized this because I couldn't get an apt or call back from the doctor. so I stopped the flexeril and three days later finally was able to see a doctor. They said I had the syndrome and had to stop the mirtazapine immediately . It causes very bad confusion , no sleep and dialated my eyes for a week and a half. So it was difficult to see. Then many blood test to check all organs and ct for possible stroke or hemmorage. It was horrible and can cause death if not caught soon enough. please be careful with these medications.

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RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) after taking Flexeril
| Holly Fox
I was detoxing off of opiates (cold turkey) and extremely uncomfortable. I was into my 3rd day of hard detox and took one of my boyfriend's Flexeril pills with onset of RLS almost immediately. It is a symptom I was dealing with already and had in the past when I detoxed, but this was so intense and sudden that there was no doubt that it was from the Flexeril. Obviously, I have detoxed from opiates and opioid derivatives for quite sometime and consider myself very knowledgeable on the subject, unfortunately. So, this particular incident has forever been a prevalent subject when discussing opiate detox for me.
September 5, 2015
I have RLS And am prescribed hydrocodone. It works with the central nervous system within the durra (the fluid) in your spine and calms it down. I've had the symptom since I started getting migraines 14 years ago. I've recently been on a forum and was informed that people have had back and neck pain and RLS that also accompany migraines.

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Facts about Flexeril

B Pregnancy category (FDA)
Before taking Flexeril during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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Alchohol warning on Flexeril
There may be a negative interaction between Flexeril and alcohol.
How do I obtain Flexeril?
Prescription in the USA
How do I take Flexeril?
Pill
What dosages are available?
5 mg Tablet, 10 mg Tablet
Ingredients
Cyclobenzaprine Hcl
Approval Date
August 26, 1977
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