If you've ever had a sprain or injury that required medical treatment, your doctor may have prescribed a muscle relaxer called Flexeril. This drug works by blocking the pain sensations that go to the brain. It is used with rest and physical therapy to treat an injury. However, it should be recognized that there are certain side effects of Flexeril that you should be aware of before taking the medication.
Some of the minor side effects of Flexeril include:
- Dry Mouth
- Blurred Vision
- Loss of Appetite
- Stomach Pain
- Muscle Weakness
These are lesser side effects and rarely need any treatment before they dissipate. However, there are some more serious, less common side effects that can occur in a small number of patients. These side effects should be reported to a doctor as soon as they're noticed for treatment or discontinuation of the medication. These include:
- Fast or Irregular Heartbeat
- Chest Pain
- Sudden Numbness or Weakness, especially on one side of the body
- Lack of Coordination
- Speech or Balance Problems
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Seizures or Hallucinations
- Easy Bruising or Bleeding
Flexeril can slow down your reaction times and impair your thinking, so by all means, do not add alcohol to the mix. If possible, avoid driving or operating any heavy machine while taking this medication.
Other tips to consider when taking Flexeril are to take a missed dosed as soon as you realize it's been missed, but not too close to your next scheduled dosage. It can be skipped, but should not be doubled up on. Make sure your doctor knows your medical history before taking Flexeril as it should not be taken if you have recently suffered a heart attack, have a heart rhythm disorder, congestive heart failure, heart blockage, or an overactive thyroid.
For the most part, Flexeril is a harmless drug that is very helpful for those suffering from skeletal injuries. When taken in moderation and incorporated with rest, it works wonders in helping the body to heal its self. The key to successful treatment and lack of serious side effects is to be aware of your body's reaction and keep in close contact with your physician.
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