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What exactly is Flexeril used for? How does it make you feel? Do you need a prescription for it?
                     





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Flexeril
Cyclobenzaprine (sye kloe BEN za Preen)
What is the most important information I should know about Flexeril?
• Do not take Flexeril if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as Isocarboxazid (marplan), Tranylcypromine (Parnate), Phenelzine (Nardil), or Selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take Flexeril before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
• You should not take Flexeril if you have recently had a heart attack, or if you have a heart rhythm disorder, congestive heart failure, heart block, or an overactive Thyroid.
• Do not stop taking Flexeril suddenly if you have been taking it for longer than 1 week. Stopping suddenly may cause nausea, headache and general discomfort.
• Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Flexeril.
Flexeril can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.




What is Flexeril?
Flexeril is a muscle relaxant. It works by blocking nerve impulses (or pain sensations) that are sent to your brain.
Flexeril is used to treat pain, tenderness, and limited motion caused by muscle spasms. This medication is used together with rest and physical therapy for short-term treatment (2 to 3 weeks).
Flexeril may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.




What should I discuss with my doctor before taking Flexeril?
• Do not take Flexeril if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as Isocarboxazid (marplan), Tranylcypromine (Parnate), Phenelzine (Nardil), or Selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take Flexeril before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
• Do not use Flexeril if you have recently had a heart attack, or if you have:
· a heart rhythm disorder;
· congestive heart failure;
· heart block; or
· an overactive Thyroid.
• Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have:
· problems with urination;
· enlarged prostate;
· glaucoma; or
· liver disease.
• If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Flexeril, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
• FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
• It is not known whether Flexeril passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
• Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12 years old.
• Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication.




How should I take Flexeril?
• Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
• Take each dose with a full glass of water.
• This medication is usually taken three times each day for a period of 2 to 3 weeks. Do not use Flexeril for longer than 3 weeks unless your doctor has told you to.
• Do not stop taking Flexeril suddenly if you have been taking it for longer than 1 week. Stopping suddenly may cause nausea, headache and general discomfort.
• This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Flexeril.
• Store Flexeril at room temperature away from moisture and heat.




What happens if I miss a dose?
• Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.




What happens if I overdose?
• Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of Flexeril can be fatal.
• Symptoms of a Flexeril overdose may include drowsiness, fast heartbeat, tremors or shaking, slurred speech, confusion, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations (seeing things), chest pain, or seizure (convulsions).




What should I avoid while taking Flexeril?
Flexeril can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
• Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Flexeril.
• Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Flexeril.




What are the possible side effects of Flexeril?
• Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
• Stop using Flexeril and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
· fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
· chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
· sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
· sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
· feeling light-headed, fainting;
· confusion, weakness, lack of coordination;
· nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
· seizure (convulsions);
· unusual thoughts or behavior, hallucinations (seeing things); or
· easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness.
• Continue using Flexeril and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
· dry mouth, increased thirst;
· blurred vision;
· drowsiness, dizziness, tired feeling;
· feeling nervous or irritable;
· heartburn, loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
· muscle weakness;
· diarrhea, constipation, gas; or
· sore throat, cold symptoms.
• Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.




What other drugs will affect Flexeril?
• Before taking Flexeril, tell your doctor if you are using any drugs that make you sleepy (such as alcohol, cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety).
• Medications that can increase drowsiness caused by Flexeril include:
· antidepressants such as Amitriptyline (Elavil), Clomipramine (Anafranil), Desipramine (Norpramin), Imipramine (Tofranil), or Nortriptyline (Pamelor);
· antidepressants such as Amitriptyline (Elavil), Citalopram (Celexa), Clomipramine (Anafranil), Desipramine (Norpramin), Escitalopram (lexapro), Fluoxetine (Prozac, sarafem), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Imipramine (Tofranil), Nortriptyline (Pamelor), Paroxetine (Paxil), or Sertraline (Zoloft);
· narcotic pain medicine such as Meperidine (Demerol), Morphine (ms Contin, msir), Propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet), hydrocodone (Lorcet, Vicodin), oxycodone (Percocet, Percodan), Fentanyl (Duragesic), and Codeine (Tylenol #3, and prescription cough medicines);
· sedatives such as Phenobarbital (Solfoton, Luminal), Amobarbital (Amytal), and Secobarbital (Seconal);
· phenothiazines such as Chlorpromazine (Thorazine), Fluphenazine (Prolixin), Mesoridazine (Serentil), Perphenazine (Trilafon), Prochlorperazine (Compazine), Thioridazine (Mellaril), and Trifluoperazine (Stelazine); or
· tranquilizers such as Diazepam (Valium), Alprazolam (Xanax), Lorazepam (Ativan), or Clorazepate (Tranxene).
• If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use Flexeril, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
• There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Flexeril. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.




Where can I get more information?
• Your pharmacist has additional information about Flexeril written for health professionals that you may read.



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It's a muscle relaxer. Makes you feel...well, relaxed! And yes, you need a 'scrip.


guamtinkerbell
Flexeral is a muscle relaxer used to ease pain. My husband has a pinched nerve in his neck from a car accident and his doctor gives that to him every now and then. Yes you need a prescription. Medications affect everyone differently.


kimgoddess
Flexeril is a muscle relaxer. I was prescribed those. They relax the muscles all right, but your brain too. I woke up feeling fuzzy headed, like hungover. Since Im in recovery for the past year, that's the last feeling I wanted to experience ever again. That's only me though,. it may be different for you, your weight, etc. Be careful cuz they knock me on my butt!


Carpanone Kid
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The doctor prescribed it for me almost 30 years ago. As far as I know, it still requires a prescription. It was prescribed as a mucle relaxant for my tension headaches. I don't remember any specific side effects, but all drugs have side effects, they are different for different people.


weasie1@verizon.net
Flexiril is used for muscle relatation. Y ou should only take what your docter precribes.
And you do need a percription to get it. Dont take any that someone else has. It may be the wrong strength. It is a very good medication, If you have hurt your back, I know.


crispy fried
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its a muscle relaxer...yes you need a scrip....and i wouldnt recommend it i took 3 and slept for 15 hours and woke up feeling like crap...i dont like them


iraq51
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It is a muscle relaxant and yes a prescription is required. It is not a controlled medication so that shouldn't be a problem. I had it for a strained back but refused to take it after the second day. It made me groggy and the feeling on waking up in the morning was similar to having a hangover. But everyone reacts differently.


flinch
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It is a muscle relaxer used for muscle sprains and strains. It makes me feel like crap; very fuzzy headed and I don't mean in a pleasant way. You do need a prescription for it in the US.


Dashes
its a muscle relaxer, makes you feel REALLY drowsey and lethargic, yes you need a perscription.


mandapandaz80
I believe that it is a muscle relaxer. I never used it but I have samples in my bathroom that I got from a Dr. You do need a persrciption for it unless of course you get it illegally.


EddieRasco
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flexeril is used for reducing inflammation in muscles due to injury. Personally it worked great when I had back spasms. And yes I believe you can only get these through a docs prescription.


irish eyes
its a muscle relaxant...........everyones body chemistry is different, some go to sleep others you would never know they are taking. Yes you need a prescription


CctbOh
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It's used for muscle strains and yes you need a prescription.


☼grundle goat☼
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flexeril is a muscle relaxer. it will possibly make you groggy. yes, you must have a prescription - muscle relaxers are widely abused, so dont take more than is prescribed


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