I generally have 1-2 migraines per week. I have been taking Cyclobenzaprine for a month for neck pain. (pulled muscle?) I have noticed since being on Cyclobenzaprine, I have had far fewer headaches. I'm wondering if I can continue taking it long-term as a prophylactic drug to help prevent migraines from occuring. OR... is it just given to TREAT migraines?
Cyclobenzeprin is recommended for short term therapy but I have seen Drs prescribe it long term. Long term use really hasnt been well studied, I understand. If your headaches are caused by muscle spasm, have you ever considered chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation? This can be very, very helpful to control muscle spasms. With manipulation you may not even need the muscle relaxants or it can be used in conjunction for even better results. I used to get weekly migraines which were actually combination headaches as they involved both migraine and severe muscle tension and spasm. To top it off I have TMJ in my jaw too, which contributes to the problem. I have used manipulation for years and have had a great reduction in the number of headaches I have. Instead of 1-2 a week, I have 1-2 a year. I also take Atenolol which is a beta blocker, every day which can help to prevent migraine. A beta blocker might be a better option for prophylaxis. Talk to your Dr about it.
- Cyclobenzaprine Information for Consumers
- Cyclobenzaprine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cyclobenzaprine (detailed)
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