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Review: Flexeril and Ritalin





Summary: drug interactions are reported among people who take Flexeril and Ritalin together.

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Flexeril and Ritalin. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 251 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What are the drugs

Flexeril has active ingredients of cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride. It is often used in muscle spasms. (view latest outcomes from 16,445 users)

Ritalin has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from Ritalin 11,200 users)

On Dec, 9, 2014: 251 people who take Flexeril, Ritalin are studied

Flexeril, Ritalin outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride)
- Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Flexeril is effective14.29%
(1 of 7 people)
25.00%
(1 of 4 people)
0.00%
(0 of 2 people)
33.33%
(1 of 3 people)
33.33%
(1 of 3 people)
66.67%
(2 of 3 people)
50.00%
(1 of 2 people)
n/a
Ritalin is effective0.00%
(0 of 2 people)
55.56%
(5 of 9 people)
50.00%
(1 of 2 people)
100.00%
(3 of 3 people)
66.67%
(2 of 3 people)
40.00%
(2 of 5 people)
100.00%
(1 of 1 people)
n/a

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
DehydrationInsomniaMigraine HemiplegicTonic SeizuresThinking SlowedDry MouthItchingFatigue
NauseaClonusDepressionInsomniaMemory ImpairmentDry ThroatHeadacheBack Pain
Actinic KeratosisVaginal InfectionInsomniaMigraine HemiplegicMenstrual DisorderDecreased AppetiteDiarrhoeaFall
Food PoisoningDepressionEczema ExacerbatedDecreased InterestMeniere's DiseaseDyspnoea
VomitingMood SwingsFatigueHypersomniaGastritisAnaemia
Sweating IncreasedTonic SeizuresBalance DisorderFood IntoleranceFeverConstipation
AngerDiarrhoeaCoughSwellingHeadache
FeverIrritable Bowel SyndromeNasal UlcerVomitingArthralgia
HeadacheSuicidal IdeationItchingMuscle CrampsWeight Decreased
DiarrhoeaDepression AggravatedHigh Blood PressureMajor DepressionHypoaesthesia

Drug effectiveness by gender :

FemaleMale
Flexeril is effective36.84%
(7 of 19 people)
0.00%
(0 of 5 people)
Ritalin is effective57.89%
(11 of 19 people)
50.00%
(3 of 6 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

FemaleMale
FatigueNausea
FallVomiting
Back PainFatigue
DyspnoeaAnaemia
HeadacheHyperhidrosis
ConstipationDyspnoea
TendernessFall
Weight DecreasedAsthenia
Vision BlurredBack Pain
AnaemiaCough

Drug effectiveness by age :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Flexeril is effectiven/an/a0.00%
(0 of 3 people)
50.00%
(2 of 4 people)
18.18%
(2 of 11 people)
4.35%
(1 of 23 people)
7.14%
(2 of 28 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
Ritalin is effectiven/an/a25.00%
(1 of 4 people)
75.00%
(3 of 4 people)
40.00%
(4 of 10 people)
12.50%
(3 of 24 people)
10.71%
(3 of 28 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions by age * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
n/an/aPulmonary OedemaGlycosuriaInsomniaAnxietyFallBack Pain
Pulmonary CongestionExtrapyramidal DisorderDiabetes MellitusPainHeadacheTenderness
Cardiac ArrestDizzinessSuicidal IdeationAtelectasisFatigueArthralgia
Accidental DeathHyperglycaemiaSuicide AttemptHypotensionPainDyspnoea
Multiple Drug OverdosePostural Orthostatic Tachycardia SyndromeCondition AggravatedHead InjuryBack PainOsteoarthritis
Diabetic KetoacidosisType 2 Diabetes MellitusPneumoniaDepressionDizzinessFatigue
Hepatic SteatosisTremorPost-traumatic Stress DisorderInsomniaNauseaChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Congenital Ectodermal DysplasiaBlood Cholesterol IncreasedObesityDyspnoeaDiarrhoeaDeep Vein Thrombosis
Cardio-respiratory ArrestDiabetes MellitusDiabetic NeuropathyBack PainParaesthesiaAnaemia
Diabetes MellitusDeep Vein ThrombosisBipolar DisorderConstipationVision BlurredMusculoskeletal Chest Pain

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Can you answer these questions (Ask a question):

  • Could ritalin cause temporary dementia in elderly
    I had a period of dementia that lasted for the better part of a day. I was brought to the hospital because they thought I was having a stroke. I have no memory of the event until I was in the hospital. I had been prescribed Ritalin because I have become unable to concentrate as well as I once could. That started about ten years ago and it was also had a very sudden onset, after a case of the flu.
    A Psychiatrist prescribed a dosage of Methylphenidate to be taken twice a day. I had a really hectic day ahead and thought that if I took both of them at once, it would help me get through the ordeal. I am under a lot of stress and thought it may help me cope. I have since thrown them out because the condition started about an hour after I took them according to family members. I don't remember the dosage, but I think it was a lower dosage because I had just started taking them on an "as needed basis." The doctor knew that I was going to use them for that purpose. I used them twice before (at the correct dosage) when I had to concentrate on paperwork, etc. They caused irregular heartbeat and a little bit of anxiety, but they did help me concentrate. The hospital tests ruled out a stroke or TIA. My thyroid level was off and the doctor at the hospital told me to stop the thyroid medication (Armour Thyroid) until I could see my family doctor and be retested. This all happened about five days ago. I'm back to what I consider normal now. Could that episode have been caused by the Ritalin?
    Thank you.
  • Can nuvigil (vs adderall) be used simultaneously to help wean off 60mg/day of adderall? (1 answer)
    I have been on Adderall 30mg 2x daily for years!! I've had it lowered to 20mg, I've TRIED to go months without it (when not working) however I feel I've built up a tolerance level to the point that it's not as effective as it once was. My personal life has detoured WAY past anything an ADHD medication can possibly help as far as focusing on NEEDED tasks etc. I end up feeling wrapped up in what I'm doing at the moment that my anxiety increases due to all that I haven't been able to accomplish. I take various medications for various reasons, depression, anxiety, bulimia etc., and for the most part the doses have varied based on circumstances and current need at said time of prescription.. MY FAMILY HAS A HISTORY OF HEART DISEASE, And realizing that I'm already on the highest Adderall dosage scares me (and THEN as I think about it, it makes my heart race!). I've also noticed increased muscle spasms as well as extreme and intense pressure on my jaw (TMJ). MY QUESTION IS: does anyone have any experience LOWERING their Adderall dosage AND adding Nuvigil? The research I've done to date gives me impression that it could help balance out the more extreme effects of Adderall (60mg/day) but that the nuvigil would or could potentially help with the EXTREME exhaustion I feel as Adderall wears off. Some days I just crash, some days I sleep fine and others no matter how hard I tryyyy, I just CAN'T fall asleep, therefore making the next day worse! IDEALLY I'D LIKE TO BE MED FREE, right now I need them, but am hoping maybe I can speak with my doctor to lower Adderall and add Nuvigil to help wean me off the amphetamines as well as lower dosage intake. YES, a lot of the anxiety, sleeplessness and depression are related to current circumstances in my life, however, where I am is not where I want to be or where I'm headed.. Life is a journey, and all my meds have become a part of a journey I never thought I'd find myself taking. I don't want life/meds to define me, or create a me I no longer recognize, because scarily enough that seems to be a common pattern. As I overcome each and every daily obstacle, I also don't want to be "hooked" on my meds or needing "more" to wake up/sleep/function.. I'd like to work on finding a solution towards weaning off my meds NOW, and work my way off slowly, primarily the Adderall. I'm hoping by suggesting to my doctor and showing him my research he may agree (IF ITS EVEN A LOGICAL COMBO, CLEARLY IM NOT A DOCTOR) nuvigil could help me. I've already started taking less of my anti depressants, trazadone and xanax without discussing with doc because he is always busy.. My next appt I want to go in fully prepared with a plan and an overall goal to REDUCE my Adderall dose, but overall, I'm clueless!!! I have no idea what other meds other than nuvigil "could" potentially help if at all. I could be entirely wrong, Anyone with any experience using one vs other or both simultaneously, or anyone with constructive input, PLEASE COMMENT/SHARE!!
  • What is the reaction to vivitrol and ritalin?
    25 year old client in early recovery from opioid dependence takes ritalin and seroquel and wants to add vivitrol. What are the risks and side effects?
  • Why would i get copd since i never smoked?
    I have several autoimmune disorders, I was shocked to get the COPD diagnosis since I have never smoked but I had second hand smoke first 23 years of my life.
    My doctor said my Autoimmune Hepatitis and Primary Biliary Cholingitis set me up for COPD.
  • The appetite suppressant effects of ephedrine have worn off just starting concerta will it suppress my appetite?
    Just wondering if I have developed tolerance to ephedrine (quantified as a return of appetite) will the stimulant effects of concerta work on me

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You may be interested at these reviews (Write a review):

  • A life of depression and fatigue
    1) Family history of depression, 2) Diagnosed depression 1964-not treated until 1973, 3) Worked in medical field 35 years, 4) Emergency on-call 24/7, 5) Hospital 15 times major depression, 6) Tried nearly all MAOI, TCA, SSRI, SNRI, and ECT. 7) 100% Disability in 1998 for depression. Now at age 70 I have dysthymia, chronic fatigue, COPD, and PTSD. My recommendation to younger people - do not over stress,
    do not smoke, avoid horrific or traumatic situations and try to find some enjoyment in life. If you have symptoms like mine seek early treatment put balance in your life. The often heard recommendations - get plenty of sleep, eat properly, learn to relax and avoid bad habits should not be ignored, they are critical to good physical and mental health.
  • A really bad day ritalin+orange juice
    I took Ritaline, then Orange juice. I couldn't do my exam at all...
  • I wish i had never taken ambien
    Ambien was prescribed after my sleep study showed severe sleep latency and awakening. In the five hours I slept I woke 85 times and had only 5 minutes of deep sleep. However, the doctors couldn't make a recommendation because they could detect no cause for the poor sleep pattern. My doctor offered Ambien and since I had obviously needed the help sleeping I took it. For the next 10 years I suffered incredible depression. For example I remember laying in bed staring at the ceiling with tears rolling into my ears but I was too tired to wipe them away and realizing that I wanted to die so badly but there was no way I could have done anything about it. The worst effects were the loss of consciousness and the verbal abuse that I heaped on my husband and son. An example of each : I actually had sex with my husband that I could not remember amd hundreds of other actions and discussions. My husband started asking every morning what I remembered of the night before. He could usually tell when I was Ambien-awake (his name for it) he said my eyes would get glassy and my voice cadence would be off. Unfortunately my oldest son was going from infant to 8 years old at this time and any ifraction or even without provocation I would scream horrible things in his face. I don't remember much of it but what I do remember causes me enormous regret. He went from a happy and active toddler to a terrified amd anxious pre-teen. We are still working through the effects of this behavior. Finally, after a surprise pregnancy (see example above) My baby was placed in NICU and I stayed at the Ronald McDonald House and my son and husband visited when they could. Somehow my Ambien prescription was stopped and so I began going through withdrawal but I had no idea what was going on. My vision became so blurred thqt I couldn't identify items unless they were very large and then only by colors. When I visited my son those several days in the NICU I couldn't walk straight and would try to aim myself toward my goal until I hit a wall and I would correct course. These things didn't bother me at all but the nurses in the NICU were with me nearly the entire day because they were afraid I would have a stroke or who knew. Finally, after discussing these symptoms we decided to gradually stop the medication. Thankfully, i didn't have any withdrawal symptoms then. I did feel like an incredibly heavy and black blanket had been lifted away. Ever since I have had very little trouble with depression despite the continuation of sleep disturbance and pain. On a scale from one to 10 for depression with 10 being committing suicide I think my 10 years on the medicine was probably an 8.5 (I desperately wanted to die) and since stopping the medication I don't think it has gone above a 4 and is usually a 2 or 3. I will spend the rest of my life trying to repair the damage my verbal abuse caused my oldest son and my husband. For 10 years they lived in fear of my rages if I had a bad episode with Ambien.
  • Seroquel made me weird, indifferent to everything.
    With constant anxiety. I found myself not wanting to be nice to my family, hearting them and seeing the consecuences later , rather than before. I remember wearing a wig to the nutritionist, "just because".
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy in concerta (1 response)
    My son is 8 years old and has ADHD with severe hyperactivity and impulsivity. He has been on meds since he was 5. We started with Foculin, switched to Daytrana patch and just recently (with the help of his Psychiatrist) decided to try Concerta. We stopped the Daytrana and began titration onto Concerta. We did three days of 18mg, 3 days of 36mg and then up to 54mg. I gave him the 54 mg of Concerta at 7:30 am and by 9:20 was having a full blown seizure. THIS WAS THE FIRST DAY OF THE 54mg. He has never had a seizure before, is on no other medication and we have no family history. I stopped the med immediately and went back to the Daytrana. He has had no other seizures at this point.

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  • No matter how much I exercise or try to eat the right food I can't lose weight. I have gained 42 pounds in the last 3 years. And just recently I've noticed swelling in my hands. I have hemochromotosis and my trigylcerides are extremely high. My liver has cysts on it and I am afraid that some of these drugs are causing me to have more bad symptoms, then good. I also have fibromyalgia, osteoarthiris, carpal tunnel, reynaud's.

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  • I wish I could find the right combination of drugs to help

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  • From this study (3 years ago):

  • looking for interactions...want to be safe

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Complete drug side effects:

On eHealthMe, Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride) is often used to treat muscle spasms. Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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