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valium as muscle relaxant

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,607
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:19 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
HELP!!!! has anyone used it for muscle relaxant???? i only take it at night 2mg.....use to take 5mg.....I want to stop it all together because my head feels out of it ALL DAY could it be this that is causeing th????? and can i just STOP it???? Leslie


  • I have not used Valium before. Valium supresses the Central Nervous System and that is why you are feeling they way you do mentally. Flexeril makes you feel the same way, groogy, tried, depressed, etc. I am sure you can stop taking it but you should consult with your Dr. first because you are probably not feeling the extent of your actual pain.

    Valium is used a lot for relief of anxiety but is used for other symptoms too. For instance: Sedation, Amnesia, Skeletal muscle relaxation. Decreased seizure activity.

    You should ask your Dr. for a muscle relaxer that is going to work soley on your muscles and not your CNS.

    You can always google your meds and see where and how they work and what side affects they create.

  • when i was on Flexeril I felt the same way you are right that is why i asked to be changed!!!!!
  • I use Baclofen during the day (takes a little getting used to) and Zanaflex at night for spasms.
    Valium works great for spasms but not worth the dopey effects.
  • that i could be feeling dopey on just the 2mg??? i have some zanaflex it does not cause the dopey?? Leslie
  • I was given 2 mg of valium as well after a severe whiplash . It really helped me and I didn't feel that impacted mentally. I was much worse mentally taking norco. Anyway, the Dr told me that valium was the most effective muscle relaxer. I used it for about a week and changed to Soma. Hope you are feeling better soon.
  • I had a ACDF at C6 C7 about one and a half year ago.For the last 2 months I have noticed my left arm becoming weaker and similar pain as when I ruptured the disc.My PCP ordered a MRI that showed a disc buldge at C5/C6 with mild spinal stenosis. I saw the NS yesterday who says the tricep muscle has become significantly weaker. He wants a CAT scan, flexion/extension xrays and EMG of both arms. He said I may not have fused properly or that the weakness was there all along and I am now just noticing it. He also said my tricep muscle was much smaller than the right one. Has this happened to anyone? I was released from the MD in 9/07 and felt fine until 5/08.
    I am depressed as I thought this was all behind me. I need anyones advise or insights on how serious this could be. I need my muscle to work for me !!
  • I still have the surgery to look forward to so I don't know. When they do a fusion do they take a graft from your hip? I had read this somewhere.

    For meds my Spine Doctor gave me Tramadol and increased the dosage on my Lyrica. Lyrica I'd already been taking for my diabetes.

    Ken GreyEagle
  • I took 5mg at night for muscle spasm and it did help. I also would take 1/2 a 5mg tablet in the evening when fatigue wore in and the muscles started to spasm as well. Prior to that I had been put on and taken off of Soma and Flexeril. Neither helped. The valium is the only thing that helps. It did make me feel kind of groggy mid-morning but that passed and the ability to get a few hours sleep was well worth it. However, I did stop and did not have any issues, but I had only been on it two weeks and most of the time used only the pre-bed tablet.
  • Valium is a great muscle relaxer and for me does not make me as dopey as others. Whether or not you can just stop taking it depends, I think, on how long you have been using it. I understand there can be withdrawal effects for some people depending on dosage and how long you have been on it. You might check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • I took Valium 10mg right after my fusion for 3 months and was switched over to Zanaflex. Muscle spasms are very problematic for me and I found Valium to be excellent for it, but unfortunately it's very addicting and many doctors won't keep you on it for long. My current med works well for spasms and I can take 8mg of zanaflex 3 times daily as needed. It made me drowsy and not too loopy and I tried taking it later on during the day so I wouldn't sleep too much. It's very handy when you're hurting really bad because it relaxes you as well.
  • I have been using valium as a muscle relaxer for about five years. I have chronic back pain and am permanently disabled. I tried every muscle relaxer there is and this is the only one that gave me any relief. I read about everything before I take it and this is considered one of the best muscular medications to relieve spasms or relax the muscle. I have no side effects but anyone taking it should be aware that although sometimes it is used for anxiety, it can make depression worse when used for this purpose along with other medication. It helped my pain (also helps with IBS) so depression was not a problem. I was depressed because I was in pain. Some people do have a euphoria gene that might make them get a buzz if used with other medication so you should be properly managed by your health care provider. Luckily I do not have that gene and this has been a life saver for me.
  • GozmoGGozmo FloridaPosts: 1
    Just thought I would offer my experience with pain, drugs and surgeries. I have had 2 neck surgeries and 3 back surgeries also knee and hip surgery. Total of ten in all. First of all i would like to share my med experience. Only take pills if you need them and only then. If you don't hurt don't take anything and you will fell much better over all. I take pain pills as last resort and Valium only when needed for PVCs and PACs and a Muscle relaxer. Works great when taken as directed. I take Acetaminophen for pain and Ibuprofen for inflammation. I always use with caution and they can kill you kidneys and liver. I take Lortab when the others don't work. I have had my share of pain and muscle spasms. After my surgery's I took only a little bit of pain meds and I was able to get up and walk and do things quicker because my body was not drugged up. As for people wanting to have a buzzed feeling, just go get drunk save the drugs for when you really need them. I have found that I recovered better and felt better following the directions as printed on label and if I got in trouble and have to much pain I contact my doctors and they adjust my meds as needed to take care of my problems. Self medicating is not good as I had a friend that burnt up kidneys taking to much Ibuprofen while overseas because he could not get to a doctor for his inflammation. I respect the medical field and the reasons behind the dosages that they have studied. Yes different meds can treat different things but talk it over with your doctor first. I am living proof they know what they are doing. Yes I still have issues but my doctor and I adjust my meds to help me feel better. Good luck everyone on getting to feel better! Just try to use as little of a drug as you can and you might just feel better. This has been my experience.
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