How Long Does It Take for Flexeril to Kick In & Will Flexeril Make You Sleepy?

Flexeril is the muscle relaxant medication which is given to the patients to treat muscle spasms related to the musculoskeletal conditions. It is usually prescribed along with rest and physical therapy.

How Long Does It Take For Flexeril To Kick In?

How Long Does It Take For Flexeril To Kick In?

Generally, when a person takes Flexeril, for the first 2 weeks it is very effective in relieving the pain. Peak therapeutic effect occurs within a few days. After a few weeks, the effect of Flexeril subsides altogether. In most of the cases, it is not prescribed for more than 10 days unless directed by your doctor. Flexeril is not advised for patients who are 65 years or older. According to the guidelines, when Flexeril gets going in the system it will take 20 minutes to mix with the blood and reduces the pain in about 30-40 minutes and you can take it every 6 hours if needed. If you miss your dosage or don’t take the drug on schedules, it may not work the next time or stop working completely. However, remember never to try to catch 2 dosages at once. In case, if you take too much dosage, it may harm your liver, kidney, and nervous system.

Will Flexeril Make You Sleepy?

Flexeril influence the nervous system, focusing on the brain parts. When somebody takes Flexeril, it can change the manner in which pain signal is sent. In doing such, Flexeril medication makes you sleepy or drowsy. In higher dosage, Flexeril helps to relax a person completely and hence has a higher chance of being abused. It has been reported that when individuals take a higher dosage of Flexeril, it cause Ataxia in which one has no longer control of their muscle movements. Along with the drowsiness, there are some other side effects of Flexeril such as abnormal heartbeat, problems in urination, mood swings, fever, seizers, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure.

Precaution While Taking Flexeril

Drowsiness is one of the major impacts of Flexeril. However, it can be controlled if you take precautions that are listed below:

Drink little amounts of caffeinated refreshments, such as espresso, tea or colas.

Regular physical activity is very essential. Go outside for a fast walk or do some other kind of physical movement that you get a kick out.

Take a few deep breaths as soon as you start feeling tried, drowsy or exhausted.

Consult with your doctor, if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Excessive drowsiness and you are unable to stay awake or feeling lightheadedness while sleeping.
  • Sleeping more than 10 hours daily.
  • If you take an extra dose of Flexeril by mistake.
  • Fatigue that gets worse.

Recommended Dosage of Flexeril

Flexeril dosage includes 5, 7.5 and 10 mg tablets. At the beginning the minimum dosage that is suggested for most patients is 5 mg, taken three times each day. The maximum prescribed dosage is 10 mg, taken three times each day. Flexeril 10 mg must not be taken for any longer than ten days.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:May 23, 2020

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