Chances are that you’ve pulled your lower back, strained your neck or twisted some other distant muscle in your body at one time or another – most of us have. If you sit at a desk on a daily basis, you may be all too familiar with this pain. Acute muscle injuries often result in a painful, constant spasm and interrupt work, daily activities, and especially sleep.
Luckily, over time, most of these acute injuries heal on their own and life goes on. But how do we survive until the pain subsides? Here, we’ll review Flexeril, one option that might help in the short-term. The generic name for Flexeril is cyclobenzaprine, a frequently prescribed skeletal muscle relaxant used only for a few weeks or less to help quiet the spasm and ease the pain. In fact, using Flexeril for back pain is one of its most common uses.
What is Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) Used For?
Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a muscle relaxant used in addition to rest and physical therapy for short-term relief of muscle spasm associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions. It is structurally related to the tricyclic antidepressants.
Flexeril works by blocking nerve impulses that you recognize as pain. Cyclobenzaprine is often combined with over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), or anti-inflammatory NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). Treatment usually lasts no more than 2 to 3