What Is Cyclobenzaprine
Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant drug that basically numbs sensation by blocking the nervous impulses to the brain. This drug is usually administered along with physical therapy to treat injuries to or pain in the muscles. Since this drug blocks the nerve signals that are sent to the brain, it could make a person less alert and responsive soon after its consumption. Hence ample rest is necessary when one is put on this medication.
As with other brain stimulating or brain numbing drugs, with Cyclobenzaprine too, the patient’s medical history must be analyzed thoroughly by the doctor to ascertain that it is safe enough to prescribe this drug to the patient. The patient should not have taken any MAO inhibitor drug in the period of 14 days before Cyclobenzaprine is administered. Taking the drug when MAO inhibitors are still present in the patient’s body can lead to several life-threatening side-effects. Cyclobenzaprine should be avoided if the patient has any history of heart related problems such as heart attacks, rhythm disorder, congestive heart failure etc. of a hyper-thyroid condition. Also, for patients with a history of urinary problems, enlarged prostate, glaucoma or liver disease, the dosage should be adjusted or further tests should be taken to determine whether it is safe for them to take Cyclobenzaprine.
The effects of Cyclobenzaprine on pregnancy or breast-feeding are not clear. No clear data is present on the drug entering the child from the mother’s milk, but evidence from studies on rats show that a concentration of up to 50% percolates from the mother rat to the baby rat. Keeping this in mind, use of Cyclobenzaprine should be avoided if possible or at least restricted during these stages.
The prescribed dosage of Cyclobenzaprine should be taken exactly as instructed by the doctor or described in the instruction booklet that comes along with the drug. Taking quantities larger than what is prescribed could lead to serious side-effects. Care should be taken not to break the pill or open the extended release capsule. Breaking or opening causes a large amount of the drug to be released at one go and such a sudden influx of a high concentration of the drug could cause serious, even fatal, conditions.
When a person is put on Cyclobenzaprine, one must avoid consuming alcohol, since the drug increases the effects of alcohol which could prove to be quite dangerous. Also any other medicine like cold or allergy medicines, narcotic drugs, sleeping pills etc. should be avoided as they can increase the sluggishness, drowsiness, and induce more sleep to the patient. An overdose of Cyclobenzaprine can cause increase of heart-rate, tremors, slurred speech. Hallucinations and many such symptoms, some of which might be fatal.