I've heard some fibromyalgia patients take it for long periods, but here in Spain doctors only prescribe it for some weeks or few months... if my pain is mainly in neck and shoulders due to severe muscle spams... why dont take Flexeril every day instead Valium or tramadol???
jango' You have a very good question but really only your doctor well be able to answer it. Many people I have also seen take Flexeril for years. You should talk to your doctor and ask why you can't continue to take it at least when the spasm and such are bad. Or another muscle relaxant that well help similar to Flexeril. Wish I could be of more help but really only your doctor can let you know for sure.
Doctors are getting much more strict (here in the United States) with prescribing these kinds of meds nowadays. It's not fair, but it's becoming harder to get these kinds of meds from doctors. My doctor told me she can't prescribe benzodiazopenes because Medicare would drop her if she prescribes too many of these types of medications, as well as other controlled drugs. It is making it so much harder to be legitimately prescribed medications for pain, unfortunately. My pharmacist has told me that is only going to get much worse. : ( "G"
I've taken flexeril for a number of years. I used to take it on a daily basis. 1 tablet (10 mg) usually in the afternoon. I've been able to reduce it somewhat to taking it once in awhile when my muscles are going crazy. It's supposed to be another one of those drugs that can do a number on your brain, i.e., memory, etc. I have only taken one per day when I take (took) it. Do you take it more than once a day? I'm not so sure it helps all that much.
I wish I was in Spain right now. I love the country.
- Flexeril Information for Consumers
- Flexeril Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Flexeril (detailed)
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