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Muscle relaxers

cla_guaccla_gua Posts: 186
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:19 AM in Pain Medications
Any one out there have any good experiences with certain muscle relaxers. I am looking for a muscle relaxer that works on the muscle spasms only and doesn't knock me out. Any good experiences appreciated.

I sound like a personal ad in the classifieds.



  • Clarissa , I only have experience with 2 and they are flexiril and soma and both of those make me very tired. Just talk to your doc and let him know your concerns and I am sure that he will be able to help you out. Keep us posted....take care....Miki
  • Flexeril is the only one I've tried and the first couple weeks on it, it made me very sleepy, then I guess my body just became adjusted because now it works very well and doesn't make me the least bit drowsy. Do talk to your doctor and hopefully you'll find the one that works best for you.

    I'm three weeks post-op ACDF 2 levels and as long as I take Flexeril faithfully, it cuts down on the muscle spasms in my shoulders significantly. Last week when I was trying to do some work at my computer I found that when I wasn't taking it regularly (3x/day) I'd have horrible pain. Bad me.

    Good luck. May we all be pain free!

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  • monique- I took flexeril for the first three months after my initial injury. I had to get off it because one of the side-effects I experienced was depression. I also became mentally dependent to it. It made me feel so out of it and doopy.

    I need a muscle relaxer to take care of my daily spasms. I just want one that works well with the muscle and nothing else. Like my mind and energy.

    Thanks for your experience and I am glad it works well for you.

  • I take Restavit to help with tense, sore muscles, and also to aid sleep.
    Sometimes I take 1/4 tablet, 1/2 or a whole one.
    The effect varies each time.
    A 1/4 might help me sleep one night, whereas on another occasion one whole tablet has no effect, as far as sleep goes.
    When I have muscle problems, I can take a whole tablet and not get sleepy, as it just cancels out the pain.
    Peoples reactions to drugs varies enormously, even day by day, so you may need to experiment a bit to find the best one for you.
    Your chemist may also be able to advise.
  • My neuro switched me from flexeril to Bacolfen. For me it works much better, and not as sleepy side effects. Good luck, a everyone is different to their reactions to meds
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  • Flexeril made my wife sleepy, but almost everything does.

    My PCP, ortho and both neuros I've seen have all had me on Skelaxin 800mg 3x's a day... Doesn't make me sleepy, and does a good job. I knew the difference when I ran out and had to wait to get my refill though.

    I'm also 5-weeks out from c6-c7 ACDF, and that's all I have taken - Looks like I'm the only one here not on flexeril - LOL

  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    worked adequate for me after my acdf and lumbar laminectomy. I'm sure there are a lot more options out there also Clarissa. Talk to your Dr on which one may work best for you.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,349
    Over the past 30 years I have tried many different muscle relaxers:

    Rhobaxin Effective, but after years of using it on/off, it seems to have lost its effectiveness

    Flexeril Works well, but I've always felt too 'drugged' up and doopey the following day. I always had trouble doing what I needed to do.

    Soma It work ok, but I found that it relaxed all muscles including the eye. I could not read when I was on Soma.

    Zanaflex Saving the best for last! I've been using it now for over a year (4mg 1am 1pm) and it helps with all my spasms. It does make me tired and when I first started using it, I could just about fall asleep standing up.

    The effectiveness and pros/cons of many medications vary so much from people to people. Its important to have a doctor who is willing to work with you to find that 'right' medication that is going to address the problem(s) that you are trying to manage.
    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
  • Robaxin did not make me sleepy, slightly loopy(-ier) than normal but not sleepy...

    Flexeril- makes almost everyone groggy but not me, lol, i've been on it too long, it doesn't work...There is also Amrix- the ER version of flexeril

    Zanaflex- makes most people groggy

    Skelaxin- doesn't make people tired but didn't do squat for me

    I actually need a new muscle relaxer and am tired of going over the same ones over and over again...Good luck!
  • I got good results from Skelaxin but as mention everyone responds differently. :)
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