Flexeril and Fibromyalgia

Question

My doctor prescribed me Flexeril to help me with my leg pains at night. I have FMS and have had it 7 years now.  However, They told me I can only stay on the Flexeril for 2 weeks. No other pills seem to help me like the Flexeril does.  Is there like a sister pill to Flexeril that I can use everyday and indefinitely?  I would like to go back to my doctor and have this info so he can’t tell me no if there for a fact is.  Thank you so much for any information you can give me and for your time.

Answer

Many patients with chronic pain such as FMS and low back pain take flexeril long term. However, patients should be watched for side effects, particularly the elderly.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University