... for people over 70 Thanks Paul
Hello Paul. No it is not. I am in my seventies and take several medications. It is just that as we age, our bodies are more subsceptable to medications in regards to side effects. The same holds true for children. Regards pledge.
The extended release form isn't recommended for those of us older people. There is a caution with use by us but nothing says we can't have it. Of note is my medicare part D pays for it.
Here is what the FDA says on the matter:
The plasma concentration of cyclobenzaprine is increased in the elderly (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Pharmacokinetics, Elderly). The elderly may also be more at risk for CNS adverse events such as hallucinations and confusion, cardiac events resulting in falls or other sequelae, drug-drug and drug-disease interactions. For these reasons, in the elderly, cyclobenzaprine should be used only if clearly needed. In such patients FLEXERIL (cyclobenzaprine hcl) should be initiated with a 5 mg dose and titrated slowly upward.
So it isnt that the elderly cant use Flexeril, you just need to start at a low dose and titrate upward.
Let me tell you, I'm only 32 years old, and I feel drunk and wobbly on the lowest dose of Flexeril, so I can only imagine how it would affect an older person whose system is more sensitive to chemicals. Also, if a person takes too much Flexeril, it causes toxicity and can kill you, and as you grow older, your body doesn't flush out chemicals as fast as it used to, so I would imagine that Flexeril toxicity is more of an issue with the older patients than those in younger age groups. I think it's a good thing that they're limiting Flexeril to those younger than 70. And there are plenty of other muscle relaxers on the market. Have you ever tried baclofen? That works rather well for me, and most muscle relaxers have absolutely no effect on me. And it doesn't make me all sleepy and loopy, either.
- Flexeril Information for Consumers
- Flexeril Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Flexeril (detailed)
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