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How can I minimize the side effects of Flexeril?

The best way to minimize the side effects of the muscle relaxant Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is to take it exactly as directed. Even if your pain hasn't improved, you should not increase your dose without consulting your doctor.

You can also minimize Flexeril's side effects by avoiding drug interactions. Before you start taking it, tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamin and mineral supplements and herbal products. Don't drink alcohol while you're taking this drug, because Flexeril can increase alcohol's effects on judgment, thinking and motor skills. You should also give your doctor a complete picture of your medical history. You shouldn't use Flexeril if you've recently had a heart attack or if you have congestive heart failure or suffer from an irregular heartbeat.

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