Generic Name: CYCLOBENZAPRINE - ORAL Pronounced: (sye-klo-BENZ-uh-preen) Flexeril Oral Precautions
Before taking cyclobenzaprine, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This
product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or
other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
heart problems (such as irregular heartbeat, heart block,
heart failure, recent heart attack)
difficulty urinating (such as due to an enlarged
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use
machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you
can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
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Almost everyone who takes antidepressants gains at least 15 pounds. Add mood stabilizers to the mix of medications and weight can shoot up by 75 pounds or more. This is not a new side effect. Patients and their psychiatrists have been dealing with this unpleasant, unwanted and unneeded side effect for a decade or more. Yet a scan of articles about weight gain reveals pitifully little information on how to lose the weight. Stopping the medication is not an option, although oftentimes weight is lost quite rapidly when medication is not longer required.
The weight-loss advice given in medical articles and physician offices is no different than advice given to anyone who has to lose weight regardless of what caused it to be gained: Stop eating junk food, eat more vegetables and fish, eat less red meat, drink water, and exercise.
One of my clients told me the following story. "My therapist gave me a diet sheet that looked like something his mother might have followed 40...
Recently, I received an email from a man who described his wife's frustration at her weight gain. She had worked very hard at losing weight a few years earlier but had gained it back and more after her physician put her on antidepressant medication for her fibromyalgia. What caused their distress was the doctor's attitude toward her obesity. According to the husband, the doctor saw her as just one more "fat patient" in his office and had neither the time nor the patience to help her regain her formerly thin body. When the woman complained that the medication made her hungry all the time, the doctor responded by saying she ought to exert more self-discipline.
Anyone who is obese has a right to be disturbed and angry when the doctor sees only a "fat patient" instead of someone who needs understanding and help in dealing with the reasons behind the overeating.
Unfortunately, the time to uncover the causes for the obesity and support weight- loss efforts is...
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