Hey everyone. I've had a pacemaker for 3rd degree heart block since 2017. I was recently prescribed muscle relaxers for some intense neck and shoulder pain. My family doc knows I have a pacemaker but I usually remind her to confirm when it comes to meds because she's forgotten in the past. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with this medication and if it is safe to take? I have high anxiety when to comes to medication, I tried calling a pharmacy but they pharmacist was unable to confirm. 



Sorry I cannot help

by Gemita - 2022-07-02 17:40:32

Chelsea, I am sure you will appreciate if your pharmacist is unable to help you, you would be best advised to ask your general doctor and/or cardiologist to confirm the safety of Cyclobenzaprine rather than asking here if it is safe to take.  We will all have our own unique health problems, will all be on different meds and dosages, would all no doubt be subject to different side effects of Cyclobenzaprine, so it would not be possible or safe to advise you.

I am sorry I cannot personally help.  I attach a link which suggests Cyclobenzaprine should not be taken with hyperthyroidism, heart block (although I appreciate you have a pacemaker to protect you), heart rhythm disorder, heart failure or after a recent heart attack.  I hope nonetheless you will be able to find a safe pain medication to help you or receive your doctor's blessing to take Cyclobenzaprine?

use caution

by athena123 - 2022-07-02 18:13:18

Hi, my experience with this was for a pinched nerve in my neck. i had high heart rate for a bit and went to emergency room. it might be contraintuitive to certain conditions as heart block. I would ask you cardiologist to be on the safe side. 

Ask your cardiologist

by Lavender - 2022-07-02 18:41:41

I cannot help with your question. I agree in calling your cardiologist or EP to confirm the safety. 

I was told by a physician assistant it was okay to rub diclofenac (Voltaren) cream on my sternum for costochondritis (an inflamed rib cartilage area). I was concerned and asked the pharmacist. She said it's not advisable to rub it so close to the pacemaker. I'm glad I asked her and ended up using a heating pad on the area instead. I did report to the doctor what the pharmacist told me. 

I always ask the pharmacist. If the cardiologist overrides the pharmacist, then I do comply. I've had so many unexpected side effects from many meds, that my go-to for pain is either ice, heat, or alternating ice and heat and headphones with meditative type music on. I am used to mind over matter when dealing with pain. 

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