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 1,332 619
Fibromyalgia 1,057 454
Pain 657 257
Sleep problems 158 75
Stiffness/Spasticity 153 62
Back pain 117 55

Show all 219 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 78
Moderate 209
Mild 377
None 504

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cyclobenzaprine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 143
Dry mouth 62
Sleepiness 59
Hangover effect 32
Constipation 26
Fatigue 26

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 71
10mg as needed 71
10 mg three times daily 65
5mg as needed 33
10 mg twice daily 28
5 mg daily 23
30 mg daily 18
5 mg three times daily 15
20 mg daily 7
15 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 306
Doctor's advice 168
Other 161
Side effects too severe 130
Course of treatment ended 90
Expense 24
Change in health plan coverage 21
Personal research 15
See all 743 patients who’ve stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration

Currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 60
2 - 5 years 112
5 - 10 years 91
10 years or more 60

Stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 121
1 - 6 months 185
6 months - 1 year 119
1 - 2 years 93
2 - 5 years 143
5 - 10 years 56
10 years or more 34
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 675
Usually 285
Sometimes 158
Never taken as prescribed 50
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 33
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 143
Not at all hard to take 897
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 12
$25-49 61
< $25 703
Not specified 387

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cyclobenzaprine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 17
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 10
Carisoprodol (Soma) 9
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 9
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 32
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 32
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 15
Carisoprodol (Soma) 11
Diazepam (Valium) 3

Show all 26 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 21 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

  • 0 helpful marks
Keeper of the Flame
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Keeper of the Flame
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F59y
FM:8y Dx
CFS:?y
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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