Can I take Flexeril [cyclobenzaprine] and ibuprofen together? Can you take a muscle relaxer and ibuprofen at the same time? Is ibuprofen a muscle relaxant?
Ibuprofen is a NSAID, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is sold under the brand names Advil® and Motrin®. It treats pain, inflammation and fever. It is not a muscle relaxant, however, the anti-inflammatory effect can make sore, stiff muscles feel better. The most common side effect of ibuprofen include: fluid retention and swelling, dizziness, headache, rash, heartburn, nausea and ringing in the ears. Prescription strength is available in 400mg. 600mg and 800mg.
Fexeril (and the generic cyclobenazprine) is a muscle relaxer. It is available in 5mg and 10mg tablets and is take up to three times a day. The most common side effects include: drowsiness, dizziness and dry mouth.
It is safe to use Flexeril and ibuprofen together. There has been no interaction found between the two medications. In fact, it is common to give a muscle relaxer with ibuprofen when there is a significant amount of muscle pain. Often times the sleepiness of the Flexeril is too much during the day, and people will only take it at bedtime.
NSAIDs and muscle relaxers are commonly used for trauma and for short durations. Be mindful of side effects, many of the muscle relaxers cause a significant amount of drowsiness and may reduce your alertness. Caution should be used as you begin taking the medications until you know how you will react. It is best to avoid alcohol too, as that can increase the chance of side effects and sedation.
Avoid long-term use of ibuprofen unless your doctor approves it. When taken for long periods of time it can increase your chance of bleeding in the stomach and colon, it may increase risk of heart attack and stroke, and could even affect your kidneys.