Review: could Flexeril cause Weight gain?
Summary: Weight gain could be caused by Flexeril, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 2 years, also take Neurontin, and have Pain.
We study 14,399 people who have side effects while taking Flexeril from FDA and social media. Among them, 575 have Weight gain. Find out below who they are, when they have Weight gain and more.
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Flexeril (latest outcomes from 16,367 users) has active ingredients of cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride. It is often used in muscle spasms, back pain - low. Commonly reported side effects of Flexeril include pain exacerbated, pain, stress and anxiety, anxiety aggravated, nausea aggravated.
Weight gain (latest reports from 521,504 patients) has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder, pain, high blood cholesterol.
On Apr, 10, 2014: 14,320 people reported to have side effects when taking Flexeril. Among them, 575 people (4.02%) have Weight Gain. They amount to 0.11% of all the 520,663 people who have Weight Gain on eHealthMe.
Time on Flexeril when people have Weight gain * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Weight gain||15.79%||10.53%||15.79%||31.58%||10.53%||10.53%||5.26% |
Gender of people who have Weight gain when taking Flexeril * :
|Weight gain||81.09%||18.91% |
Age of people who have Weight gain when taking Flexeril * :
|Weight gain||0.00%||0.00%||0.39%||3.35%||16.93%||30.51%||32.68%||16.14% |
Severity of Weight gain when taking Flexeril ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Weight gain||0.00%||41.18%||35.29%||23.53% |
How people recovered from Weight gain ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Weight gain||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Pain (95 people, 16.52%)
- Fibromyalgia (87 people, 15.13%)
- Depression (66 people, 11.48%)
- Anxiety (54 people, 9.39%)
- Muscle spasms (38 people, 6.61%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Neurontin (126 people, 21.91%)
- Lyrica (109 people, 18.96%)
- Xanax (97 people, 16.87%)
- Cymbalta (87 people, 15.13%)
- Vicodin (81 people, 14.09%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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From this study (12 months ago):
Lost 20 pounds then gained 7 of it back without changing anything in my eating or exercise habits. I did stop taking the flexiril for a while but I'm not sure if it was during that period when I lost the weight. I also stopped taking birth control pills low-ovral at that time and haven't gone back on. I attributed the weight loss to that at that time but now that I am gaining weight with no apparent reason I'm not so sure. My TSH levels are usually low around .33 and .41 and below.
From this study (5 years ago):
The abnormal dreams & mild hallucinations came only after starting the methylprednisolone a few days ago. They happen primarily when I am sleeping. I woke up last night with very unusual dreams & head/brain pain, and was quite concerned. I had taken 1 methylprednisolone & 1 cymbalta before bed. Earlier in the day, I had taken 2 methylprednisolone & 2 tramadol before a nap, and had similar, though not as severe issues. Trying to figure out what the interaction problem is. I did not take the muscle relaxant (cyclopenzaprine) before bed since I started the cortico steroid pack.
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