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Zanaflex vs. Soma

My Dr. has recently taken me off from my Soma and put me on Zanaflex. I can't understand why. She told me that it was because Zanaflex is not a Controlled Substance and that Soma is. Now she has increased my Cymbalta to 2x a day. Can someonetell me what is ging on with this? These are both substances used to treat Depression. How can they possibly treat the muscle spasms I have I my back and neck.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832
    are both excellent muscle relaxants. One of the problems with SOMA, is that it is highly addictive and there is not a lot of room for dosage changes by the doctor.
    Zanaflex has a lot of room for dosage changes. I used both, Zanaflex at times would put me out of it, so I didnt like it, but SOMA, I never felt like I was too tired or anything like that.

    SInce, then I have switched to Baclofen, which for me is the best muscle relaxer I have tried.

    Many of our spinal medications are also used with depression. Some of the meds have an overalap.

    If you trust your doctor, than trust their judgement call
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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