What is Cyclobenzaprine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 1,330 639
Fibromyalgia 1,113 484
Pain 713 293
Stiffness/spasticity 155 63
Back pain 115 54

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 83
Moderate 216
Mild 394
None 547

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cyclobenzaprine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 150
Sleepiness 67
Dry mouth 65
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 29
Fatigue 28
Constipation 26

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Dosage Patients
10mg as needed 74
10 mg daily 63
10 mg three times daily 48
5mg as needed 31
5 mg daily 29
10 mg twice daily 25
20 mg daily 17
30 mg daily 16
5 mg three times daily 10
5 mg twice daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 345
Doctor's advice 188
Other 172
Side effects too severe 145
Course of treatment ended 95
Expense 27
Change in health plan coverage 26
Personal research 15
See all 818 patients who've stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration

Currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 107
5 - 10 years 104
10 years or more 71

Stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 133
1 - 6 months 190
6 months - 1 year 117
1 - 2 years 111
2 - 5 years 163
5 - 10 years 69
10 years or more 43
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 719
Usually 296
Sometimes 176
Never taken as prescribed 49
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 35
Somewhat hard to take 97
A little hard to take 152
Not at all hard to take 956
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 2
$50-99 12
$25-49 62
< $25 728
Not specified 431

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cyclobenzaprine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 21
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 16
Carisoprodol (Soma) 10
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 10
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 47
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 40
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 19
Carisoprodol (Soma) 13
Metaxalone (Skelaxin) 8

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching to

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105 patient evaluations for Cyclobenzaprine

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 21, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: It can cause a lot of daytime sleepiness with me having PD, so taking at night dose is good, but it can leave me somewhat groggy in the morning.

Apr 15, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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