|Drug Class||Skeletal muscle relaxants|
|Working||Works by blocking nerve impulses sent to brain|
|Kicks In||About an hour|
|Lasts Long||Up to 24 hours|
Flexeril 10 mg
Flexeril 10 mg is a muscle relaxant. It is usually recommended with rest and physical therapy. The drug is administered orally, in the form of pills, and starts working in about an hour of its consumption. The medication stays in your body for about twelve to twenty-four hours. It is highly recommended that the medication be used for short-term purposes, that is, less than three weeks unless your doctor prescribes otherwise. Patients usually feel better within ten days.
How does Flexeril Work?
Flexeril works in the brain to alter the body’s recognition and subsequently the response to pain. It blocks the nerve impulses that are sent to the brain. Usually, the patient is recommended rest and physical therapy along with the medication to relieve muscle spasms.
Flexeril 10 mg is administered orally, with food or without it.
Follow the drug as it is prescribed by your doctor. The recommended dosage of Flexeril is 5 mg, taken three times a day. However, depending on the patient’s response, the dose may be increased to 10 mg three times a day. Intake of a higher dose or for a longer period of time, than prescribed, will not help your case. It will worsen the patient’s position. Unless recommended otherwise, the dosage should not be used for the long-term, that is more than three weeks.
What if I miss a dose?
In case of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, skip it if it’s almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses together.
What if I Overdose?
In case of an overdose, seek immediate medical help. Symptoms of overdose include fast/irregular heartbeat, hallucinations, unconsciousness, severe drowsiness, slurred speech, seizures, confusion.
Side effects of Flexeril may occur initially. However, understand that your doctor has ascertained the benefits more than the disadvantages. Some common side effects of the medicine, as your body adjusts to it, are:
- Dry mouth
In case, these side effects persist, contact your doctor. Flexeril may also cause some serious side-effects, some of which may require emergency medical assistance. Some of the severe reported side effects are:
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Changes in mood
- Mental changes
- Trouble while urinating
Seek medical help immediately if you see any of these symptoms. While a severe allergic reaction is rare, contact your doctor immediately in case you face symptoms such as rash, itching/swelling, especially of the face/tongue/throat, trouble breathing, severe dizziness.
Before using Flexeril
Flexeril might have adverse reactions with other medications patients might be using. Products such as tricyclic antidepressants may interact with the drug. Taking MAO inhibitors with this medication can also cause a fatal drug interaction. It is important to discuss these with your doctor to determine whether it is safe to use Flexeril in conjunction with pre-existing medications. Make sure your doctor knows your medical record.
Discuss with your doctor your medical history in detail, especially if it includes liver disease, hyperthyroidism, heart problems, difficulty in urinating, glaucoma.
It is possible that after using this product, you might feel dizzy or drowsy. Consumption of alcohol or marijuana can make it worse. Do not drive or do anything that needs you to be alert. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
If you are having surgery, then tell your doctor about all the products that you are consuming.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness, confusion, which increases the risk of falling. Other side effects may include constipation, or trouble while urinating.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It is best to consult your doctor before using them.
- Store the medication at room temperature.
- Keep it away from light and moisture. Do not store it in the bathroom.
- Make sure that the medications are away from the reach of children and pets.
- In case of disposal, do not flush down the medications or pour them in a drain unless you are instructed to do so. Contact your pharmacist and follow the prescribed procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long should usage of Flexeril be continued?
Flexeril should not be used over extended periods of time. It is usually prescribed for short-term, that is less than three weeks. However, your doctor may recommend you otherwise, depending on your condition.
Can pregnant women use Flexeril?
Pregnant people or people who are breastfeeding are advised not to take Flexeril, since the pros and cons of it are not confirmed.
Can I drive while using Flexeril 10 mg?
Flexeril can cause drowsiness and/or dizziness. Thus, it is not advisable to drive or operate heavy machinery while using the drug.
How long does it take Flexeril 10 mg to work?
Flexeril takes about an hour to work after it is consumed. The effects wear off in about 12-24 hours.
What is the maximum recommended dosage of Flexeril?
Flexeril is recommended for short term use. It comes in 5 mg, 7.5 mg, and 10 mg doses. Initially, a dosage of 5 mg taken three times a day is recommended. However, the maximum dosage is 10 mg, taken three times a day. Do not increase your dosage or take it for a longer duration of time without your doctor’s prescription.