Is Cyclobenzaprine a Narcotic & What Are The Side Effects Of Cyclobenzaprine?

Cyclobenzaprine is the drug which is generally prescribed by the doctors as a muscle relaxant. This drug is usually for the patients who have acute pains like neck and back pains, cramping, spasms, and other muscles related problems. This medicine is only designed for a short-term treatment. Due to its high abusing potential and side effects, users cannot use this medication for more than 10 days. In order to alleviate the pain in a small interval of time, doctors recommended this medication with physical therapy. It has to be kept in mind that as it is a tricyclic antidepressant (powerful painkiller) so you should always follow the instructions strictly provided by your health care specialist.

Is Cyclobenzaprine a Narcotic?

Is Cyclobenzaprine a Narcotic?

Cyclobenzaprine has not been classified as an addictive drug because it is completely away from that class of drugs; it has no relationship with the narcotic family. Although, Cyclobenzaprine is not considered to be a narcotic drug, it is still addictive. As mentioned above, cyclobenzaprine is the muscle relaxant medication that works by promoting the release of the norepinephrine from a patient’s nervous system in the brain. The considerable dosage of Cyclobenzaprine is 5mg 3 times a day. When you feel relaxed and the pain is gone take 5mg 2 times a day, after that stop this medication. The dosage of Cyclobenzaprine is directly proportional to the addiction, and it causes several health problems. Whether a drug would be addictive or not majorly depends on the dosage as well as with the number of same drugs taken at the same time.

What Are The Side Effects of Cyclobenzaprine?

Common side effects of cyclobenzaprine include:

In case, any of these side effects persists or gets worse, inform your doctor immediately without ignoring.

Serious side effects of cyclobenzaprine include:

  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Mood or mental changes (like confusion or hallucinations)
  • Trouble urinating
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Seizures.

Serious allergic reactions are usually rare but consult a doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Rash
  • Swelling in tongue, or throat
  • Itching
  • Severe dizziness
  • Trouble breathing

Mixing cyclobenzaprine drug with some antidepressant medications could lead to serious health issues and can be fatal. Side effects of cyclobenzaprine in this case include:

  • Confusion
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Agitation and/or restlessness
  • Headache
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Changes in body temperature
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Loss of muscle coordination or twitching
  • Shivering or goosebumps
  • Heavy sweating.

So, if you are experiencing above mentioned side effects, then stop Cyclobenzaprine and consult with your doctor. Side effects from the cyclobenzaprine can be fatal. It is absolutely essential to keep this and all medication out from the reach of children as well as never share your medication with others and use cyclobenzaprine only for the indication prescribed. Avoid driving and dangerous activity, if you are taking Cyclobenzaprine. You should not use this medication if you have a thyroid, heart rhythm disorders, urine problem and pregnant. Hence, consult with your doctor and share your complete medical history so that a safe and suitable drug can be suggested to keep you away from any usual side effects.

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:March 27, 2019

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