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How long does 10 mg of cyclobenzaprine take to work and how

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How long does 10 mg of cyclobenzaprine take to work and how long will its effects last?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 4 years ago.
The time that it takes to work will depend upon the specific situation. It is absorbed rather quickly, so will have some benefit within the first 1-2 hours. However, there are some conditions for which it needs to be taken regularly to achieve control of the condition, and it may need to be taken regularly for several days to reach the peak effect. When used for acute treatment of muscle spasm, it is usually prescribed to be taken three times per day, because the effect may wear off within 8-12 hours, even though the drug has a long half-life (an average of 18 hours). For conditions for which it takes several days to build up in the system, it will also take several days for the effect to wear off, because of the long half-life.

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