I have been taking low dose Flexeril for a long time for RLS.. I only take half a pill at bedtime and it helps tremendously. Now my Doctor says people over 65 should not be taking it. I am a healthy 69 yr. old female and have never had a problem with it. What's your take on this?
Here is what the FDA states:
Use in the Elderly
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 should be initiated with a 5 mg dose and titrated slowly upward.
- Flexeril Information for Consumers
- Flexeril Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Flexeril (detailed)
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