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What is Cyclobenzaprin?

Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant, commonly used to easethe pain in the different skeletal muscle problems and relieve muscle spasms. Sometimes,this medication is also used to treat fibromyalgia.

In most cases muscle problems are treated by usingmedications and physical therapy, because it’s proven to be the most helpfulway to solve or ease these conditions.

Doctors can’t explain how Cyclobenzaprine works. They assumethat it somehow activates brain stem and as the consequence causes increasedconcentration of epinephrine in the spine. This medication is actually a tricyclicanti-depressive, and the raise of norepinephrine is responsible for the ease ofthe pain in muscles and nerves (the analgesic effect).

Adverse Effects of Cyclobenzaprine

Cyclobenzaprine has many side effects. Every change you noticein your condition should be considered as a side effect and reported to yourpharmacist and/or your doctor.

The most common side effects among patients using Cyclobenzaprineare drowsiness, dizziness and dry mouth. Less commonly reported were nausea, tiredness,weakness and digestion problems, such as heartburn or indigestion and change oftaste. About 1 to 3% of all treated patients have also complained that Cyclobenzaprinecaused constipation, nervousness, confusion and different vision problems.

Some generally rare side effects of Cyclobenzaprine include:loss of appetite and also loss of taste, general ill feeling (also known asmalaise), ringing in the ears (called tinnitus), vision difficulties, thirst,bloating and gasses, diarrhea, flushing and increased sweating. Sometimes it ishard to differentiate between the real side effects caused by this medicationand sings of something else, that doesn’t have anything to do with the used drug.

Other side effects, that might be connected with the use of Cyclobenzaprineinclude also: vertigo (spinning feeling in the head), tremor (uncontrolled shakingof the body or parts of the body), sleeping problems, especially insomnia andalso coordination difficulties.

Patients using this medication have also been complainingabout: unconsciousness, heart problems (tachycardia, arrhythmia or heartpalpitations) and also about hypotension (low blood pressure). Cyclobenzaprine may be responsible for someeffects on the brain and cause depression, anxiety, psychotic episodes orhallucinations and also seizures in some rare cases. Patients have reportedrare cases of liver problems, when using this medication. There were cases of liverdamage, yellowing of the eyes and the skin (jaundice), but also some changes inthe color of the urine (darkening). Some patients experienced upper rightabdominal pain, which was also associated with liver problems.

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