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MelissaJoMMelissaJo Posts: 196
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Pain Medications
Ok I am taking Norco and Flexeril. I take the norco 3-4 times a day and the Flexeril at night time to help me sleep and relax PRN! I dont take it every night which I probably should. The reason that I don't take it every night is because it seems that when I do take it, it still doesn't help with the sleep, relax or anything. I get no effect from it. If Flexeril didn't work for you and your doc changed your RX what was it changed to. I really really need help in the sleep department. Not only because of the pain but because when I do finally fall asleep it is for short intermiten(sp?) periods and takes forever to fall back to sleep. It is driving me crazy! I see the doc tomorrow and will let him know that the Flexeril is not working. I just wanted to see what helped everyone else if the Flexeril didn't work that way I have a few suggestions. Thanx in advance! MJ


  • hi! you might try two natural sleep enhancers, melatonin and magnesium. i take them together and can often get 4 or 5 hours of sleep! they are available over the counter at your near by pharmacy. I) good luck to you! Jenny :)
  • If you're looking for suggestions for other muscle relaxers you might research Zanaflex or Soma, both of which are stronger than Flexeril. Maybe one of those would help you?

    However, if you're looking for a sleeping med, Paul has recommended 2 good ones. Often times an antidepressant (especially the tricyclic kind) can help people sleep. Elavil is usually a good one, so is Seroquel.

    I've tried everything under the sun and I just can't get any kind of sleep routine down. If I sleep 4 hours it's like a miracle! Problem is, that's usually during the daytime and I would much rather sleep at night! /:) I've tried all the meds my doc can think of and the only thing that helped me was Ambien or Ambien CR. (can't take them cause my ins. no longer covers sleeping meds and I can't afford to pay cash).

    If you do decide to try an herbal supplement such as Jenny mentioned, or others like Valerian Root/Passionflower mix, etc. please discuss it with your doctor first! There can be dangerous and sometimes fatal consequences to taking herbal supplements. Better to be safe than sorry!

    Good luck and I hope you get some quality sleep soon!

    Take care of you...
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  • for all of the suggestions. I see the NS today and will ask him. He is going to go over my bone scan results with me and all I can do is hope and pray that he does find something. I know that sounds sick cuz nobody wants something to be wrong but we are on a huge mystery right now. he thinks I have bone tumors is why I had the bone scan. I hope it is not bone tumors but man I just want answers. I am in more pain now and more restriced than I was before my surgery 4 yrs ago.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    Everyone here has made some very valid options to help anyone with sleep problems.
    In addition to those, I also like using relaxation techniques.
    I have found that setting up a very peaceful environment before you go to bed is helpful. I have a room in my house that I go to before bed.
    I use only candles in that room, generally will use one of the 'relaxing' essential oils for aroma therapy and put on some very relaxing and soft music. They have been times I have fallen asleep in that room, but even if I dont, it helps me get to bed. Now how long do I sleep? Thats always a unknown answer for each night.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • and every night for about two months now and it does not make me sleepy anymore. I could probably take it during the day with no problem. But when I took it periodically it worked great for sleeping.

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  • I take flexeril 10 mg's 6 times daily and find it mildly effective for spasm and it helps. However i do believe soma is a better drug. Or if your doc will prescribe you a benzo as those help sleep significantly and help your wellbeing as well as your spasm. I have always found valium to be the best muscle relaxant having tried them all. (Flexeril , soma , amrix, skelaxcin the list goes on
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