Flexeril is an antispasmodic drug that is used for a short time. This medication treats the condition by regularly relieving the pain caused by the spasms. It blocks the neurotransmitter pathways that are responsible for the sensation of pain. It just relaxes the muscles, not the real cause of the pain. Therefore, Flexeril is of no benefit in cerebral palsy. For best results, doctors recommend combining Flexeril use with rest and physical therapy.
Time of Action
Flexeril usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour to take effect after ingestion to exhibit relaxing activity. It peaks around 3 to 4 hours, and then the effects start to wear off. This scheme is suitable for immediate release formulations. With its slow-release formulation, the effects last up to 24 hours.
What is Flexeril good for?
Short-acting cyclobenzaprine tablets begin to work fairly quickly to relieve muscle spasms. Some people start to feel the effects within 30 minutes, but you will definitely feel the effects within an hour. Flexeril long-acting capsules (cyclobenzaprine) take a little longer to work but last up to 24 hours. Most people start to feel the effects about an hour and a half after taking their dose.
Dosage and Administration
For most patients, the recommended dose of Flexeril is 5 mg three times daily. Depending on the individual response of the patient, the dose may be increased to 10 mg three times daily. Using Flexeril for more than two or three weeks is not recommended. Less frequent doses should be considered in patients with hepatic impairment or the elderly.
How to Intake?
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush or chew the capsules. Doing so can release all of the drugs at once, increasing the risk of side effects.
This medication is not recommended for use in older adults because they may be at greater risk for side effects while using this drug. This medication should only be used short-term (for 3 weeks or less) unless directed by your doctor. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.