Flexeril and Alcohol Interaction



Flexeril and Alcohol

Flexeril generic name cyclobenzaprine belongs to a family of muscle relaxants which works by blocking nerve impulses that send pain messages to the brain. The drug is used with rest and physical therapy to treat the pain and injury of skeletal muscle conditions.

Do not use this drug if you have used am MAO inhibitor medication in the last 14 days as if you do so it may be life threatening, if you have recently had a heart attack, a heart rhythm disorder, congestive heart failure, heart block or an overactive thyroid.

It is advised that you avoid drinking alcohol as it amy greatly increase the side effects of the drug.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before starting Flexeril advise your physician if you are pregnant, planning to become so or breast feeding a baby, have problems with urination, enlarged prostate, glaucoma or have liver disease.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are dry mouth or throat, blurred vision, drowsiness, dizziness, tired feeling, loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, gas or muscle weakness. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, fast pounding uneven heart rate, chest pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, ill feeling, numb or weak on one side of the body, confusion, vision, speech or balance problems, light headed, faint, confusion, weakness, lack of coordination, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, seizures, unusual thought and behavior, hallucinations, bruising or bleeding or unusual weakness. If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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