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 1,316 632
Fibromyalgia 1,106 481
Pain 705 287
Stiffness/spasticity 154 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 81
Moderate 215
Mild 392
None 541

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cyclobenzaprine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 149
Dry mouth 65
Sleepiness 65
Hangover effect 32
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 29
Fatigue 28

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Dosage Patients
10mg as needed 78
10 mg daily 68
10 mg three times daily 46
5mg as needed 34
5 mg daily 30
10 mg twice daily 29
30 mg daily 19
20 mg daily 17
5 mg three times daily 8
5 mg twice daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 343
Doctor's advice 186
Other 169
Side effects too severe 143
Course of treatment ended 95
Change in health plan coverage 25
Expense 25
Personal research 15
See all 809 patients who've stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration

Currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 111
5 - 10 years 114
10 years or more 66

Stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 132
1 - 6 months 189
6 months - 1 year 117
1 - 2 years 110
2 - 5 years 160
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 713
Usually 296
Sometimes 172
Never taken as prescribed 48
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 34
Somewhat hard to take 96
A little hard to take 152
Not at all hard to take 947
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 2
$50-99 12
$25-49 62
< $25 723
Not specified 426

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cyclobenzaprine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 21
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 15
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 10
Carisoprodol (Soma) 9
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 48
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 39
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 19
Carisoprodol (Soma) 13
Metaxalone (Skelaxin) 6

Show all 30 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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