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Flexiril vs valium for back spasms

ktrombkktromb Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello again,

I'm almost 3 weeks post ACDF and all I'm really struggling with is muscle spasms ... and they are fierce. I have been trying stretches and ice packs. I also have been taking valium (and still a small dose of percocet) but I also have a script for flexiril. Several folks have told me they HATED flexiril ... made them nervous and "feeling wierd." Any of you have a preference between the two drugs ... or any other suggestions?



  • It really boils down to "what makes you most comfortable". Some folks do better with one drug over another. Flexeril is a good drug and doesn't carry the concern of addiction that Valium does.

    When it comes to seeking relief from pain or spasms, many of us are not very patient and not very tolerant of "adjustment periods" when first taking a new drug. It took me quite some time to learn to "give it time". Before I learned that, my evaluation of certain drugs and their effectiveness and side effects was definitely skewed.

    Like many others, I suffer chronic muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders. I have found moist heat to be a ton of help.

  • I'm sorry to hear of your pain. For me, Valium worked better on my spasms than the Flexeril. Flexeril didn't really seem to put a "dent" in it. I was prescribed 5mg Valium to take every 6 hrs at urgent care which my NS said was way too much so he scaled it back some, but it worked well. I only used it for a week before my surgery so I can't speak to LT effects. Definitely call your doctor/nurse to review your concerns.

    Good luck!
  • I agree that Valium works better for me. Flexiril used to make me sleep way to much but know it doesn't. Plus Valium calms me down, so my mood is better. But it does have an addiction issue(personally I don't have issues with addiction, I never had I guess I am just lucky)
  • Any reason why choice is limited? There are several muscle relaxers out there: Baclofen, Skelaxin (robaxin), tizanidine (Xanaflex), Soma (carisoprodol) in addition to the ones you have mentioned. The all have side effects, but the good news is lots of options..some are a lot cheaper than others too.
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