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 1,345 627
fibromyalgia 1,074 462
Pain 669 266
Sleep problems 159 76
Stiffness/Spasticity 154 63
Back pain 118 55

Show all 221 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 211
Mild 387
None 516

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cyclobenzaprine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 145
Dry mouth 62
Sleepiness 61
Hangover effect 32
Fatigue 27
Constipation 26

Show all 162 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 76
10mg as needed 69
10 mg three times daily 56
10 mg twice daily 33
5mg as needed 32
5 mg daily 27
30 mg daily 20
5 mg three times daily 15
20 mg daily 8
15 mg daily 5

See all 33 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 313
Doctor's advice 168
Other 162
Side effects too severe 130
Course of treatment ended 90
Expense 24
Change in health plan coverage 22
Personal research 15
See all 750 patients who've stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration

Currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 56
2 - 5 years 118
5 - 10 years 105
10 years or more 59

Stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 121
1 - 6 months 186
6 months - 1 year 119
1 - 2 years 93
2 - 5 years 146
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 35
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 688
Usually 290
Sometimes 162
Never taken as prescribed 52
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 33
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 146
Not at all hard to take 918
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 12
$25-49 61
< $25 711
Not specified 403

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cyclobenzaprine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 19
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 10
Carisoprodol (Soma) 9
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 9
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 4

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 34
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 32
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 16
Carisoprodol (Soma) 12
Diazepam (Valium) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching to

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106 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

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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