Cyclobenzaprine is used short-term to treat muscle spasms. It is usually used along with rest and physical therapy. It works by helping to relax the muscles.This medication is not recommended for use in older adults because they may be at greater risk for side effects while using this drug. Ask the doctor or pharmacist for details.
How to use Cyclobenzaprine HCL ER
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking cyclobenzaprine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush or chew the capsules. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, you may open the capsule and carefully sprinkle its contents on a tablespoon of applesauce. Swallow all of the mixture right away without chewing it. Then rinse your mouth with water and swallow the rinse liquid to make sure you have swallowed all of the medication. Do not prepare the mixture ahead of time for later use. Doing so may destroy the drug.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. This medication should only be used short-term (for 3 weeks or less) unless directed by your doctor. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists after 2 to 3 weeks or if it worsens.
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