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Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant used to treat pain. Most muscle relaxants are only prescribed for weeks at a time, rather than in long-term doses. In some cases, people may experience withdrawal symptoms if they abruptly stop taking cyclobenzaprine.

It is critical to only stop taking cyclobenzaprine or change your dose with the guidance and monitoring of your physician.

How long do cyclobenzaprine withdrawal symptoms last?

According to the American Addiction Centers, withdrawal symptoms may occur with cyclobenzaprine intake if a person becomes addicted to it. These symptoms can last around one to two weeks and begin two to four days after the last dose.

Severe symptoms can occur if cyclobenzaprine is mixed with other drugs, including alcohol.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Certain withdrawal symptoms can occur with cyclobenzaprine if it is administered for a long time and then abruptly stopped. These symptoms include but not limited to:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Malaise

Some people may begin to rely heavily on muscle relaxants, which could lead to addiction problems. In these cases, it is imminent to seek help immediately from a physician or mental health professional.

Precautions

Some factors may lead to extra difficulty in stopping treatment with cyclobenzaprine. Such precautions include:

  • Having addiction problems with drugs and/or alcohol
  • Interactions with other medications and/or alcohol

Treatment Options

If your symptoms are not improving or are worsening, talk to your doctor. Dealing with withdrawal symptoms from cyclobenzaprine may involve:

  • Tapering off the medication in order to reduce or prevent withdrawal symptoms under the instruction of your physician
  • Trying a different medication under the instruction of your physician
  • Seeking help from a mental health professional if addiction problems are involved

Coping Strategies

If you are experiencing withdrawal, you can partake in various coping strategies, such as:

  • Following your prescription guidelines: Only take the prescribed amount noted by your doctor. Do not stop taking your medication or change your dose without first notifying your doctor.
  • Monitoring your symptoms: Tracking your symptoms before, during and after taking cyclobenzaprine can help you and your doctor better understand how the medication is working for your condition. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, talk to your doctor about an alternative to cyclobenzaprine.
  • Practicing a healthy lifestyle: Eating healthy, well-balanced meals and sleeping enough each night promotes both mental and physical health.

Resources

Your doctor will be able to provide you with available resources and/or an alternative treatment plan if necessary.

Alternatively, if you are suffering from addiction problems related to muscle relaxants, seek help immediately.

The National Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a government-regulated resource available online and by telephone at 1-800-662-HELP. SAMHSA provides treatment facility options and referrals to support groups and local organizations based on your individual needs. The service operates 24/7, 365 days a year.

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