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What is cyclobenzaprine?

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Mayo Clinic describes cyclobenzaprine as a prescription muscle relaxer that doctors prescribe to treat muscular injuries. Trade names for cyclobenzaprine include Flexeril, Fexmid and FusePaq Tabradol.

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WebMD says that cyclobenzaprine is a short-acting treatment for muscle spasms, sprains and strains. Wikipedia lists the treatment of fibromyalgia as an additional off-label use. WebMD reports that patients frequently use the drug in conjunction with rest and physical therapy. Patients take the drug orally up to three times a day. A time-release, once-daily version of the drug is available under the brand name Amrix, and some compounding pharmacies incorporate cyclobenzaprine into topical creams. The drug is designed for short-term use, which is usually a period of three weeks or less unless otherwise specified by a physician.

WebMD lists drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, constipation and dry mouth as commonly reported side effects after taking cyclobenzaprine. According to Mayo Clinic, the use of cyclobenzaprine may also cause serious, although rare, side effects, such as fast or irregular breathing, skin rash or hives, fainting or shortness of breath. Serious side effects require immediate medical attention. Cyclobenzabrine also interacts in a deadly manner with monoamine oxidase inhibitors, MAOs. Interactions may also occur with alcohol, seratogenic drugs, central nervous system depressants and tricyclic antidepressants.

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