Cyclobenzaprine is a skeletal muscle relaxant and a central nervous system depressant and is available in 5 and in 10 milligram tablets available generically or as Flexeril. If a person is taking cyclobenzaprine, their relaxed skeletal muscles are due to inhibition of the brain's motor neurons. Cyclobenzaprine is typically prescribed to relieve pain and muscle spasms that occur in an injury to stabilize the affected body part and prevent further damage such as in whiplash as a result of a car accident. Researchers have also been developing studies in which Cyclobenzaprine can be used to treat fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes stiff joints, pain, and tender muscles. In a study of 120 fibromyalgia patients, those receiving Cyclobenzaprine (10 to 40 mg) over the course of a 12 week period had significantly improved quality of sleep and the patient’s pain score. In addition, there was also a reduction in the total number of tender points and muscle tightness. Cyclobenzaprine has also been prescribed by doctors as a sleep-aid in some cases.
Cyclobenzaprine can be a stomach irritant and should be taken with plenty of water and food. Common side effects include dizzy feelings, sleepiness, headaches, weakened vision, and emotional depression. Other side effects are decreases in motion functionality and respiratory system function. Long term use has been associated with vision damage and agitation is a common side effect observed especially in the elderly. Before taking Cyclobenzaprine you must tell your doctor if you are taking alcohol, central nervous system depressants, tricyclic antidepressants, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
Cyclobenzaprine is regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration as a prescription only drug. Cyclobenzaprine is not generally considered a controlled substance, but possession without a current prescription is illegal in some states. It is not a highly abused drug but when abused, it is referred to as “cyclone.” Compared with other commonly abused similar drugs, cyclobenzaprine's effects are less pronounced, limiting its likelihood of being abused recreationally.
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