What's the best Muscle Relaxant available with a prescription? All opinions wanted!
- 21 Dec 2009 by mitjason
- dantrium, flexeril, lioresal, norflex, paraflex, skelaxin, soma, zanaflex, pain, back pain, muscle pain, neck pain, carisoprodol, breakthrough pain
I'm about to start a Skeletal Muscle Relaxant for Physical Therapy and need your help! Here are a list of Skeletal Muscle Relaxants. Please select the one you have had the best results with and let me know about it! I would appreciate it so much! Thanks in advance!
6 Jan 2010
I have taken both the, flexerill and the soma. I have found the soma is more gentle after it starts to wear off. In other words if taking it prior to bed i found the soma allows me to get up and get going with out the sleepy draging feeling the flexerill gave me. I take it for disc issues in my back and neck. I find it helps with all areas effected. Hope this helps Mit
4 Apr 2012
Somas work best for me and for my mom but, after 8years of being on them my Dr. has decided not to write them anymore for anyone. He is not the only Dr. that has stopped writing them. I know of 5 Dr.s that have stopped writing them. Flexeril works well, but it takes #days for me to get relief w them. Skelaxin,zanaflex,robaxin have never relieved my pain. I am now taking valium along w norcos. Its to soon to know if that combo will help. Good luck & be careful, opiate addiction is severe and i don't know if i could beat it. Haven't yet.
13 Mar 2012
Soma worked the best for me when I had it. My Dr, in his infinite wisdom, switched me to 10 mg flexaril. He decided Soma was too addictive...
13 Jun 2012
I was put on Cyclobenzaprine and boy do 10 mg twice a day put your muscles at rest!
10 Nov 2010
Ive tried most of them and Soma by far is my choice
31 Jul 2011
I found Robaxin during the day, and then Soma at night works best for ME. Flexeril and Skelaxin were absolute crap, and did NOTHING. When your back literally balls up and you can feel the muscles protruding in spasm, you need something with kick. Parafon Forte also helped, as well as Ativan. I have been lucky to find doctors not afraid to experiment til we found what works. Alot of drs will not prescribe Soma or Ativan for fear of the DEA. Which is crazy, because drs are supposed to do what's best for the patient, and the government should stay out of that relationship, in my opinion. But I was on Ativan for over a year, had no problems stopping, no withdrawal, because I took it correctly. So no matter what you get, always ALWAYS follow the label, and you'll be fine:) Good luck!
8 Jan 2012
i've used baclofen, flexeril, and soma and i loved soma the strongest worked the best to relieve pain. But be warned doctors say its the most addictive of all of them ... hope all goes well
14 Jan 2011
I have only tried soma and flexeril. My doc prescribes flexeril for me, but if were my choice i'd go for the soma instead. Cathleen
12 Feb 2010
Not advocating abuse of any of them but soma is the strongest (350mg) and the best working. Take only as prescribed. They will have you stutterring, trembling when you talk and running into walls if you take too many. I have used them on and off for years. Just use your head and don't overdo it.
2 Jun 2012
No question about it, Soma is the best. Flexerel just made me tired and groggy with no relief. Skelaxin did absolutely nothing and it costs too much. Baclofen (sp?) made me dizzy and nauseous. It also did nothing for the muscle spasms and pain.
I think the thing with Soma, however, compared to the others it's in a class of its own... basically bc it works! I can understand why doctor's don't prescribe it anymore, but they need to come out with something that at least comes close. I remember the first time I took it, within 15-20 minutes I was relaxed and in turn it took the pain away. It was a miracle! But, even with taking the dosage I was prescribed, 30-45 minutes into it I was in la la land! So I started taking half the recommended dosage, but then would battle with it not being as effective. Eventually, after 3 years of being on it I built up a tolerance. My old doctor decided to increase my dosage and I had the worst experience. I started slurring my speech, could barely walk, started losing movement in my legs and arms. I passed out but don't remember it and I woke up to my boyfriend (fiancé now ;) ) shaking me. It took me awhile to realize what happened. Sad thing is I took exactly what the doctor told me to, which was 2 and if still having spasms and or pain to take 1/2 - 1 two hrs later. I only took 1/2... can't imagine if I would have taken a whole one!
That was about 4 years ago and I still take it (different doctor prescribing it bc other one was just throwing meds at him and increasing dosages left and right). However, I take it on and off. I only take it when th spasms and pain are unbearable. And I only take 1/2 of one. If I take full one I usually regret it bc of the lack of mind control and euphoria. Luckily, my doctor still prescribes it, but by the sound of things it looks like not for much longer.
So, my advice: if you do get soma, start off with 1/2 (they aren't even scored but easy to break). Then gradually work your way to taking a whole but preferably in the evening when you have nothing to do. Also, don't stay on it for an extended amount of time and only take it when you REALLY need it. If taken with a narcotic DO NOT take together. Spread it out, at the minimum, 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
** I know this thread is old, but just wanted to share my experience!
29 Jun 2011
In a word, Flexeril!
3 Jun 2012
I agree with flexeril. It might make you tired or not, it does me, but it returns great.
15 Jan 2011
Everyone can give you different answers because drugs all work slightly different in everyone and what works well for one is horrible for another. Many Drs dont like to prescribe Soma because they can be addictive. The feeling on Soma for a lot of people can be almost like alcohol, slurred speech, lack of coordination etc. I like Soma-they work well if you take them at night. I could take them or leave them though so I know I never got addicted to them but they do have addictive properties. As far as actual evidence based studies-there is no better muscle relaxant than Valium but most Drs will not prescribe those either. Studies have shown they have the best actual effect on the muscle tissue but unless you have contractions or seizures you are probably not getting those.
Flexeril are good but they give me EXTREME dry mouth, they made me sleepy at first but that got better the longer I took them but I couldn't take the dry mouth!! Skelaxin are ok-they make you less drowsy, actually for me I felt a little jumpy with them but they are not a bad choice if you dont want to be sleepy. Tizanidine is what the Dr has me on now. They work well but only for a few hours. These do make me very sleepy and I have been on them at bedtime for over a year now and that sleepiness is still there. I cant take them in the daytime because of excessive sleepiness. Baclofen works well for some but it made me very nauseated! Yuck... Paraflex is ok some slight drowsiness there too. Norflex did not work at all for me. It is also supposed to cause less drowsiness. I've never tried Dantrium.
19 Jul 2011
I take Baclofen, but used Flexeril before. I found that I developed a tolerance to Flexeril rather quickly, so Baclofen seems to be the best for me.
Just my opinion.
9 Nov 2010
I have used all of these.Zanaflex works best for me with the least side affects/ That being said, I would probably say I am addicted to Soma. There is a sense of euphoria and extreme relaxation felt with them. Unfortunately I am 25 and I have been on them most my life . I can sometimes take 30 in a day. In other words,I would suggest avoiding Soma because of its addictive properties (at least for me). Good Luck
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