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A symptom of fibro or a side effect of cyclobenzaprine

Aug 31, 2016 1:32 PM

Can anyone tell me? I have started taking cyclobenzaprine 10 mg at bedtime to help me sleep. It's only been a few days but today I woke feeling like I was off balance and real fuzzy in the head. If I move my head to quickly I fear that I would fall. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Aug 31, 2016 2:20 PM

Cyclobenzaprine made me stupid. Well dopey is probably more the correct term.
It made me fuzzy, I couldn't think, I was constantly drowsy (more so than usual), and it would take 14 to 16 hours for the side effects to go away. I didn't find it was a restful sleep either.
My suggestion would be to not take it for a few days and see if you start feeling more normal.

Aug 31, 2016 2:24 PM

That is exactly how I feel,thank you so much for your input.:-)

Aug 31, 2016 3:14 PM

Oh my Gosh, I saw the name of the drug and had to see what was up , my son's GP( also my GP) put him on this for his back when he hurt it and he still strain's it sometimes during power cleaning. It isn't no wonder I have a hard time waking him up some mornings! Thanks for the information ladies!

Aug 31, 2016 4:16 PM

It is most likely the medication. Do you feel like you are hung over in the morning? Try taking it earlier if possible. If that does not help fortunately there are plenty of other muscle relaxers. Also FYI I have had this happen to me the cyclobenzaprine put me into atrial fibrillation. This is a known side effect so in case you feel any funny rhythms inform your doctor.

Aug 31, 2016 5:47 PM

Lmb, I normally read up on any new medication and I had no clue that was a side effect! Remind me never to give my son another one of those again! I don't know what his doctor was thinking!?!?

Aug 31, 2016 5:59 PM

It is the go to muscle relaxant. Always seems to be the first one prescribed. Then when you want to change it they get pissy.
Luckily in Canada you can get robaxin without a prescription so I just transferred myself to a different one

Aug 31, 2016 6:04 PM

Zanaflex is a good one too

Aug 31, 2016 6:09 PM

I always worry about my kids getting hooked, so I will ask my pharmacist for something over the counter that is non habit forming and will help muscles. They get random pee tests at my son's school if they are playing sports. I think it's smart.

Aug 31, 2016 6:10 PM

Apparently robaxin is classified as habbit forming. But i only take it as needed and haven't had a problem. I try not to take anything if i don't have to

Aug 31, 2016 6:14 PM

That's the way I take my soma's, as needed. That's usually when my back is spastic and won't stop for hour's.

Aug 31, 2016 6:28 PM

I want to say thanks to everyone.
I have taken cyclobenzaprine before,but only on an ad needed basis.my Dr wanted me to try taking them every night so that I could get some sleep, but if they are going to make me feel like this I can't keep taking them. I just can't function

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