Compare Robaxin vs. Flexeril

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Robaxin
(methocarbamol)

Flexeril
(cyclobenzaprine)

Coming soon.Relaxes your muscles. Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is widely used to treat muscle spasms and is available as a generic, but it shouldn't be used long-term.
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Reviews for Flexeril
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+1% better vs. Robaxin
37%
-26% worse vs. Robaxin
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+14% better vs. Robaxin
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Side effects
RobaxinFlexeril

We haven’t found good data for Robaxin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Robaxin »
  • Dry mouth 4%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Sleepiness 100%
  • Headache 17%
  • Dry throat 8%
  • Acne 6%
  • Disturbance in attention 6%
  • Drowsiness 18%
More Flexeril side effects »
How it works
RobaxinFlexeril
Coming soon.Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a muscle relaxer. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms without interfering with normal muscle function.
Type of medication
RobaxinFlexeril
Prescription only
Available as
RobaxinFlexeril
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
RobaxinFlexeril
  • Musculoskeletal Pain Spasm Tetanus
Risk factors for serious side effects
RobaxinFlexeril
    Coming soon.
    • Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)
    • Taking other medications for your mood
    • Alcohol or drug use
    • Age over 65 years
    • Recent heart attack
    Detailed Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Pain
    RobaxinFlexeril
    No pain related info.
    • Can relieve pain associated with muscle spasms.
    Sleep
    RobaxinFlexeril
    No sleep related info.
    • Taking Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) may make you feel dizzy or sleepy for the first few days. Avoid driving or other activities requiring concentration until you know how your body responds to the medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these symptoms bother you.
    • Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) can make you feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
    Upsides and benefits
    RobaxinFlexeril
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    • Can relieve pain associated with muscle spasms.
    • Available as a generic medication.
    • Can be used by pregnant women, but talk to your doctor about it first.
    Downsides and risks
    RobaxinFlexeril
    Coming soon
    • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
    • Not meant for long-term therapy.
    • Not recommended in elderly patients, people with glaucoma, or in people with heart conditions (like rhythm problems, heart failure, or recent heart attack).
    • Can make you have dry mouth.
    • Not effective for muscle spasms caused by brain or spinal injuries.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    RobaxinFlexeril
    Coming soon
    • Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) can make you feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
    • Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is not meant to be used long-term. It should be used for only 2 to 3 weeks maximum.
    • Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) can cause dry mouth.
    • Take it roughly at the same time every day.
    • If you are using the capsules, you may swallow it whole or sprinkle contents on a tablespoon of applesauce and swallow immediately without chewing.
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