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When treating muscle spasms with Flexeril® (cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride), your healthcare provider will consider several factors, such as your age, other medical conditions you may have, and other medications you are currently taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
The recommended starting Flexeril dose for most people is 5 mg three times daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to 10 mg three times daily to control your muscle spasms. For people with liver problems or elderly people, a less frequent Flexeril dose may be recommended, as these people may be more sensitive to the effects (and side effects) of Flexeril.
For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed; do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Flexeril can cause significant drowsiness. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you take Flexeril only at night, especially if you need to be alert during the day. Flexeril should only be used for two or three weeks at a time, which should be plenty of time for most muscle injuries to heal.
(Click Flexeril Dosage for more information on using 5 mg and 10 mg Flexeril tablets for treating muscle spasms. This article also discusses tips on effectively using Flexeril and covers the factors your healthcare provider will consider before recommending a Flexeril dosage.)