Cyclobenzaprine is used to treat skeletal muscle conditions such as trauma or pain.


What is Cyclobenzaprine?

Cyclobenzaprine works by blocking nerve impulses and pain sensations that are sent to the brain.


How should Cyclobenzaprine be taken?

Cyclobenzaprine is administered orally. It should be taken within a treatment program that includes physiotherapy and plenty of rest.


Side effects associated with Cyclobenzaprine

Among the possible side effects of cyclobenzaprine include the following:


  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling of tiredness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tarnished vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry throat
  • Changes in taste
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation


It is important to contact a doctor immediately if you experience:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Itch
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
  • Severe drowsiness and fast heart beat
  • Tremors
  • feelings of shots to the chest
  • Agitation, hallucinations, fever, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination and fainting


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Cyclobenzaprine

Cyclobenzaprine is contraindicated in case of thyroid problems, heart block, congestive heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms and recent heart attack. It should also not be taken in case of treatment with MAO inhibitors within the last 14 days.


Before starting treatment with cyclobenzaprine, it is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients, or to any other drugs, food or various substances  
  • You are taking any other medications, herbal remedies or supplements. Mentioning in particular:  MAO inhibitors, sleeping pills, narcotic pain relievers, other muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, antidepressants or anticonvulsants
  • You are suffering (or have suffered) from abnormal heart rhythms, congestive heart failure, heart block, thyroid problems, liver disease, glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy or urination problems
  • You have recently suffered from a heart attack
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding

Discontinuing treatment may trigger symptoms of abstinence. Furthermore, cyclobenzaprine can compromise the ability to drive or operate hazardous machinery.