FLEXERIL/FEXMID (Cyclobenzaprine)
FLEXERIL/FEXMID (Cyclobenzaprine)
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FLEXERIL/FEXMID (Cyclobenzaprine)

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What is this medication?

FLEXERIL/FEXMID (Cyclobenzaprine)
Skeletal Muscle Relaxant

FLEXERIL/FEXMID (Cyclobenzaprine) is officially indicated for muscle spasm, or musculoskeletal pain.  It is also commonly prescribed off-label for use in fibromyalgia as an alternate agent.

How does this medication work? 

FLEXERIL/FEXMID (Cyclobenzaprine) is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant that works on both alpha and gamma motor neurons resulting in decreased skeletal muscle tone.

How should I take this medication? 

Oral: Take 5mg-10mg one to three times daily as needed.

How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, swallow whole, take consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed.

Note: Operating heavy machinery or driving at least until you know how the medication affects you.  Make sure your physician is aware of any other medications you are on and do not mix with any other CNS depressants such as alcohol due to a compounded effect 

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting FLEXERIL/FEXMID (Cyclobenzaprine), make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you are on an MAO inhibitor, have hyperthyroidism, heart failure, arrhythmia, glaucoma, liver disease or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Drowsiness, dizziness, xerostomia (dry mouth).

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for FLEXERIL/FEXMID (Cyclobenzaprine), only common ones.