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 1,283 626
Fibromyalgia 1,092 473
Pain 683 285
Stiffness/spasticity 154 63
Back pain 113 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 78
Moderate 213
Mild 392
None 529

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cyclobenzaprine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 150
Dry mouth 63
Sleepiness 62
Hangover effect 32
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 28
Fatigue 28

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Dosage Patients
10mg as needed 80
10 mg daily 64
10 mg three times daily 47
5 mg daily 31
10 mg twice daily 31
5mg as needed 31
30 mg daily 13
15 mg daily 9
20 mg daily 9
5 mg three times daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 327
Doctor's advice 175
Other 162
Side effects too severe 133
Course of treatment ended 92
Change in health plan coverage 24
Expense 24
Personal research 15
See all 772 patients who've stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration

Currently taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 49
2 - 5 years 110
5 - 10 years 105
10 years or more 55

Stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 121
1 - 6 months 188
6 months - 1 year 121
1 - 2 years 99
2 - 5 years 154
5 - 10 years 61
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 700
Usually 296
Sometimes 165
Never taken as prescribed 51
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 33
Somewhat hard to take 98
A little hard to take 148
Not at all hard to take 933
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 2
$50-99 12
$25-49 61
< $25 721
Not specified 412

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cyclobenzaprine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 20
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 10
Carisoprodol (Soma) 9
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 9
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 5

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Cyclobenzaprine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 42
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 33
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 17
Carisoprodol (Soma) 13
Diazepam (Valium) 5

Show all 28 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

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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

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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