User Reviews for Zanaflex

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7.7
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Review by singingtothewheat (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

For Muscle Spasm: Zanaflex was working well for my lower back which has been an issue since a car accident in Oct of 2013. This has progressed to a point where I am waiting for an M.R.I. During the last 3 months I have been dealing with spasms in my left leg that went from annoying and limiting my ability to move around slightly to full blown, unbelievably painful leg spasms. The medication is no longer working. I am going to call my doctor on Monday and ask about Soma since it seems to have a much better score when it comes to stopping spasms.

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June 1, 2014 6:52 PM

Review by O.Lou (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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8.0

For Muscle Spasm: I found this to be a wonderful muscle relaxant with very few, if any, negative side effects. It worked well for me during many bouts of chronic back pain that kept me awake at night. It did make me a little bit sleepy and dizzy, but nothing that bothered me very much at all. At night, this wasn't even a concern, but I could easily take it during the day at work and perform and feel fine. This isn't exactly a "pain" medication but I did find that it worked almost as well for my particular back pain as the narcotic medicines I was also prescribed.

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May 3, 2014 4:17 PM

Review by Ga boy (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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9.0

For Muscle Spasm: Zanaflex works great to relieve my lower back pain. However, it seems to keep me awake instead of helping me sleep. I rest well but just do not fall asleep.

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April 18, 2014 8:31 AM

Review by LAFS (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

For Muscle Spasm: I have Multiple Sclerosis and was excited to begin Zanaflex as soon as it was approved in 1996. I had studied it for quite some time as it was in use in 47 countries before the US. I Love it and have had great results to this day with it. I'm not sure if it is very well presented or explained to patients; however, this is a very unique skeletal muscle relaxant & it actually targets the actual nerves of the patient. When you begin treatment it is important to note that for the 1st 2-3 weeks it is taking effect in your system. Great medicine!

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April 4, 2014 11:18 PM

Review by backitis (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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1.0

For Muscle Spasm: This medication caused my blood pressure to drop but did not relieve the muscle spasms in my back.

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November 20, 2013 12:50 PM

Review by CerebralPalsyChick:

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4.0

For Muscle Spasm: This medicine helps me sleep but that's the best i can say about it. It doesn't relieve pain or help relax my spastisity. If your pain and problems are only at night this is good for you. I hallucinate a lot once I adjusted to the dose it changed but if I ever have to take more than usual then I start to hear and see things......I had conversations with my husband in the middle of the night when he wasn't there. And many other accounts. I would suggest you use caution. I have a very high level of muscle pain for many reasons and I'm very spastic so its not a surprise that Zanaflex doesn't work as well as I'd like for me. I will continue to take it while i explore other options. It isn't a bad medication.

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November 1, 2013 12:15 PM

Review by southernbeauty (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Muscle Spasm: Zanaflex has really helped me. I had major hip surgery last year and have had a very difficult time bouncing back. After the surgery I became very weak, lost significant amounts of muscle definition and tone, which resulted in a weakened lower back and core. I now live in excruciating pain, my L5 & S1 has completely compressed with my sciatic nerve in the middle. I have extreme nerve pain, and hypersensitivity down my right leg. Daily chores are very difficult, and my love for fitness now feels like a daunting chore. My doctor switched me from Soma to Zanaflex. At first I didn't like it because it made me extremely drowsy and would knock me out. Now I am used to the side effects and can honestly say that this medication is the best muscle relaxer I have ever taken. It reduces back pain, loosens up the tightness, and compliments my oxycodone very nicely. I can finally "function" again, and exercise, lift weights, and do my daily duties as a house wife & mother.

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October 4, 2013 10:14 AM

Review by tunatea:

For Muscle Spasm: This has served duty as a sleep aid and muscle relaxer. I seemed to never get sleep until I tried this. My neck pain is much better. Only bad note is I'm a little more tired but it's worth it for the pay offs.

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September 21, 2013 9:28 AM

Review by joyce (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Muscle Spasm: I have chronic pain from several herniated discs and spinal stenosis. I also have fibromyalgia. I began taking Zanaflex last month and the relief is wonderful. I no longer hurt and spasm all night and now I can sleep instead. I take 4mg tabs 2 at bedtime and go immediately to bed as it makes me drowsy right away and I become dizzy if I stay up. I wake up rested with no hangover at all and feel good the next day. I take narcotics during the day for pain relief and the addition of this to my regimen is great. I love it.

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May 2, 2013 1:16 PM

Review by crazy1679:

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8.0

For Muscle Spasm: This medicine helped for fibromyalgia but caused hallucinations and fatigue.

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February 18, 2013 12:57 AM

Review by dhbwms:

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9.0

For Muscle Spasm: I have had very positive results with this medicine. I have MS and this help reduce problems.

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January 27, 2013 3:04 AM

Review by OrdO (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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9.0

For Muscle Spasm: I found that this medicine managed the muscle spasms associated with the three herniated discs in the lumbar region of my back

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January 1, 2013 8:28 PM

Review by Turkey (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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7.0

For Muscle Spasm: Zanaflex is great for muscle spasms as I have them from Osteoarthritis in my spine, also spinal stenosis. If you are on any heart meds, please use the interactions checker because it may cause severe drops in blood pressure. I am taking Lisinopril, Hydrochlorothiazide and Metoprolol for heart arrhythmias and my blood pressure was dropping to dangerous levels. All of my specialists knew what medicines I was taking, but none of them noticed the interactions. I checked them myself here at Drugs.com and found the RED FLAGS myself, so be careful.

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September 6, 2012 7:52 AM

Review by confusedmom03 (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

Zanaflex works when I use it for my tight shoulders leading to my back; however I seem to be have some side effects that most people are just laughing off. I think my husband things I'm a little off. I have hallucination - yes, I realize they are real. The other is when I start to move around all of the joint seem to be tight and the muscles spasmings around them. It is about 5-10 mins long. I lose my balance and one more thing, I have acute hearing loss, at times too. That could be unrelated.

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August 23, 2012 7:01 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Muscle Spasm: Been taking this for months for DDD/DJD (neck). I notice severe pain when I don't take this nightly but still have muscle pain even when I do. Main side effect is severe grogginess and dry mouth/hung over feeling. I have to be in bed about 20 mins after taking it or I am walking into walls literally. I have to drink a lot of water before bed to combat the hung over feeling. Recently switched back to Flexeril. Have also taken Robaxin but that didn't help much either. I get headaches when I take Tramadol and any narcotic so I take Tylenol during the day.

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April 13, 2012 9:32 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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2.0

For Cluster Headaches: I suffer from migraines and also have difficulty falling and staying asleep. Following. A sleep study my doctor put me on Zanaflex to help me fall asleep faster and reduced random leg movements during the night. I took for it about a month and it really helped me sleep although I did have a groggy feeling in the morning that was hard to shake off. However, it aggravated my migraines so that instead of getting them 2 or 3 times a year, I got a migraine every week during the month I was taking Zanaflex, so unfortunately I had to stop taking it.

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March 22, 2012 11:15 PM

Review by Daveguess:

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10

For Muscle Spasm: Have rupture disks in my lower back L4 L5. This is the best muscle relaxer for me, have taken about all of them. Better than Valium and Soma and they were 2 of the better muscle relaxers I had taken before!

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January 13, 2012 5:09 AM

Review by mskdorf:

For Muscle Spasm: This medicine actually works.

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June 28, 2011 6:02 PM

Review by Super Z:

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4.0

For Muscle Spasm: Make sure that you do not do anything where you need your balance, this medicine causes DIZZINESS.

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May 10, 2011 1:32 PM

Review by Danella0313:

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4.0

For Muscle Spasm: I am new to this medicine. I have been on several other muscle relaxers and they never did a thing for me. After reading what everyone else has said about this muscle relaxer I am praying it will help for me as well. I have a bulging disc in my lower back that is pinching my sciatic nerve which caused me a lot of pain in my left hip.

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April 28, 2011 5:46 PM

Review by ItchyNoseGirl:

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9.0

For Muscle Spasm: Great Medicine. I have herniated discs and take it with Percocet, and am able to relax.

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March 9, 2011 8:14 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Muscle Spasm: My Doctor prescribed me this medication due to the fact I could not sleep at night. He warned me that I would have vivid dreams, but I haven't really. I really like this medication as I can sleep through the night for the first time in years. The only draw back is that it knocks me out cold, and the next morning I am really stiff from not tossing and turning all night. I can live with that.

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December 21, 2010 2:51 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Muscle Spasm: I have disc disease. I take 4mg only at night. Knocks me out. This is the only medicine that has helped with my pain and my muscle spasms. I sleep well all night and lasts through until next day. Only been taking it for 3 days. Finally found a good muscle relaxer. Only side effect I have noticed is dry mouth. I think it is great.

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November 5, 2010 8:23 PM

Review by Georgiagirl5:

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7.0

For Muscle Spasm: I have been using Zanaflex since 2003. I suffer from chronic pain and spasms due to herniated discs in neck and back. I have already had fusion done on neck and the pain and spasms never went away, that was due to the discs below the fusion herniated just after the surgery *over compensated for the discs above* I also have fibromyalgia, I am supposed to take 4mgs 3 times a day but only take it at night since it makes me sleepy most of the time and I am already on Percocet and Savella. I need to function during the day. Doctor says I can take all 3 at bedtime if I wanted but have only taken 2 at a time. Dry mouth is a side effect and sometimes I will have the grogginess in the morning but found that it is mostly due to taking it so late and getting up early.

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October 22, 2010 4:19 AM

Review by serve ickle:

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10

For Muscle Spasm: MRI reveals badly blown out cervical disc @ c4-5. Now, as long as I didn't do much, I wouldn't have much pain but getting anything done (like yardwork, working out with pushups, painting a wall...etc) was another story and would leave me in severe pain but always THE NEXT DAY and for at least several days afterward (I never really felt the pain on the day of the activity). Then, my doctor gave me Zanaflex, and now I take one 4 mg tab that night, the next day is pain free! I haven't noticed any side effects, no next day grogginess and even the quality of sleep is normal with pleasant dreaming; in fact, if anything my dreams are slightly easier to remember which shows plenty of REM.

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September 15, 2010 11:32 AM

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