WHAT IS FLEXERIL
Flexeril is a muscle relaxant usually recommended to relieve
muscle spasms resulting from injuries such as sprains, strains, or
pulls. Combined with rest and physical therapy, Flexeril is
excellent in relieving muscular stiffness and pain.
HOW TO USE FLEXERIL
Flexeril muscle relaxer may be taken with or without food. It should be used
only for short periods of time, no more than 3 weeks maximum. Since the
type of injury that Flexeril treats will generally improve in a
few weeks, there is no reason to continue its use for a longer period.
For some people, Flexeril may cause dry mouth. Dissolving a
lozenge or candy, chewing gum, or melting ice chips in your mouth can
provide temporary relief.
The effects of Flexeril during pregnancy have not been
adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant,
consult with your doctor. It is not known if Flexeril will
appear in breast milk. However, Flexeril is related to tricyclic
antidepressants, and some of those drugs tend to appear in breast milk.
If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may
recommend that you discontinue breastfeeding your baby until your
treatment has been completed.
FLEXERIL SIDE EFFECTS
Side effects generally cannot be anticipated with Flexeril.
If any side effects develop or alter in intensity, tell your doctor as
soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you
to continue taking Flexeril. More common side effects may
include: Dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth. Less common or rare side
effects may include:
Abnormal heartbeats, abnormal sensations, abnormal thoughts or
dreams, aggressive behavior, agitation, anxiety, bloated feeling,
blurred vision, confusion, constipation, convulsions, decreased
appetite, depressed mood, diarrhea, difficulty falling or staying
asleep, difficulty speaking, disorientation, double vision, excitement,
fainting, fatigue, fluid retention, gas, hallucinations, headache,
heartburn, hepatitis, hives, increased heart rate, indigestion,
inflammation of the stomach, itching, lack of coordination, liver
diseases, loss of sense of taste, low blood pressure, muscle twitching,
nausea, nervousness, palpitations, paranoia, rash, ringing in the ears,
severe allergic reaction, stomach and intestinal pain, sweating,
swelling of the tongue or face, thirst, tingling in hands or feet,
tremors, unpleasant taste in the mouth, urinating more or less than
usual, vague feeling of bodily discomfort, vertigo, vomiting, weakness,
yellow eyes and skin. Problems such as confusion or hallucinations are
more likely in older adults.
Serious and potentially fatal reactions may occur if you take
Flexeril with an antidepressant drug known as an MAO inhibitor
(such as Nardil, Parnate) or if it has been less than 2 weeks since you
last took an MAO inhibitor. You should strictly follow your doctor's
advice regarding the discontinuation of MAO inhibitors before taking
Flexeril. Avoid alcoholic beverages while taking
Flexeril. If Flexeril is taken with certain other drugs,
the effects of either could be amplified, decreased, or altered. It is
especially important to check with your doctor before combining
Flexeril with the following: Barbiturates such as phenobarbital
Guanethidine and other high blood pressure drugs Other drugs that slow
the central nervous system, such as Halcion and Xanax Tramadol (Ultram)
Flexeril is not a substitute for the physical therapy, rest,
or exercise that your doctor orders for proper healing. Although
Flexeril relieves the pain of strains and sprains, it is not
useful for other types of pain and should not be used to combat such
ADULTS The usual dose is 10 milligrams 3 times a day. You should
not take more than 60 milligrams a day.
Take it as soon as you remember, if it is within an hour or so of
your scheduled time. If you do not remember until later, skip the
missed dose completely and go back to your regular schedule. Do not
take 2 doses at one time.
IF YOU TAKE TOO MUCH
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If
you suspect a Flexeril overdose, seek medical attention
immediately. Symptoms of Flexeril overdose may include:
Agitation, coma, confusion, congestive heart failure, convulsions,
dilated pupils, disturbed concentration, drowsiness, hallucinations,
high or low temperature, increased heartbeats, irregular heart rhythms,
muscle stiffness, overactive reflexes, severe low blood pressure,
stupor, and vomiting. High doses also may cause any of the conditions
listed in "Side Effects."
Store away from heat, light, and moisture.