What is Cyclobenzaprine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Flexeril Amrix APO-Cyclobenzaprine Show all

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Cyclobenzaprine is a centrally-acting skeletal muscle relaxant used in the treatment of muscle spasm associated with acute painful musculoskeletal conditions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Muscle spasms 1,282 577
Fibromyalgia 1,016 429
Pain 626 234
Sleep problems 157 74
Stiffness/Spasticity 153 62
Back pain 117 54

Show all 216 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 70
Moderate 201
Mild 361
None 470

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cyclobenzaprine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 134
Dry mouth 60
Sleepiness 56
Hangover effect 32
Fatigue 25
Constipation 24

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Dosage Patients
10mg as needed 60
10 mg daily 57
10 mg three times daily 44
5mg as needed 29
10 mg twice daily 21
5 mg daily 20
30 mg daily 14
5 mg three times daily 12
20 mg daily 10
15 mg daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 295
Doctor's advice 167
Other 156
Side effects too severe 127
Course of treatment ended 90
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 20
Personal research 15
See all 719 patients who’ve stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration

Currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 87
5 - 10 years 78
10 years or more 54

Stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 117
1 - 6 months 182
6 months - 1 year 117
1 - 2 years 88
2 - 5 years 140
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 31
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 644
Usually 265
Sometimes 148
Never taken as prescribed 45
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 90
A little hard to take 137
Not at all hard to take 845
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 12
$25-49 60
< $25 677
Not specified 348

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cyclobenzaprine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 16
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 8
Carisoprodol (Soma) 7
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 7
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 29
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 25
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 14
Carisoprodol (Soma) 7
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 3

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching to

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106 patient evaluations for Cyclobenzaprine

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reikihh
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reikihh
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

See reikihh's full Cyclobenzaprine history

Jan 12, 2017 (Started Sep 30, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms at night)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Sep 30, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms at night)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 14, 2011 (Started Sep 30, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms at night)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 15, 2010 (Started Sep 30, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms at night)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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woofhound
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woofhound
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 59
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

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Sep 17, 2016 (Started Jan 23, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Cervical Spondylosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

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Keeper of the Flame
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Keeper of the Flame
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F59y
CFS:?y
FM:8y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Feb 29, 2016 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Drowsiness, Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I had to stop taking the Flexeril as my Insurance company said that Flexeril puts you at risk for falls. Bummer!!! I was also using Flexeril as a sleep aid which worked very well for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Dry mouth

Nov 29, 2009 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness, Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My doctor prescribes 3 Flexeril per day. If I took that many I would be a walking Zombie. I usally don't take more than 2 per day. My neck gives me terrible pain. My PCP adjusts my neck for me. My lower back also goes into spasms. I reallly am glad that my doctor gives me the Flexeril as I also get Charlie Horses at night and the Flexeril helps with those.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Dry mouth

Apr 4, 2009 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: It stops the major charlie horses but not the muscle spasms.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Dry mouth

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