I have daily headaches - have had them for over 30 years. I also suffer from migraines but Immetrix has taken care of those. My doctor just gave me Zanaflex 2mg. I've taken Soma before as muscle relaxant( for back pain) and wonder, before I start taking the Zanaflex, could someone compare the two for me? Thanks
How does 2mg Zanaflex compare to Soma 350mg?
- 12 May 2011 by brisco
- 6 March 2019 (6 weeks ago)
- soma, zanaflex, migraine, headache, doctor, muscle
Added 12 May 2011:
I just want to know if there is any difference between taking a soma pill as compared to the zanaflex? Does anyone know? I can tolerate the soma with out any side effect other than a bit sleepy. Will it be the same with the Zanaflex - is the Zanaflex 2mg stronger or weaker than the Soma?
I have taken both and I dont consider Soma a bad drug either. Any drug can not work well for some people but that doesnt mean it is the same for all. Anyway, Zanaflex is comparable to Soma. I think Soma actually relaxed my muscles better and doesnt make me as sleepy as Zanaflex. Zanaflex makes me VERY sleepy and I dont get knocked out by drugs very easily. In fact, when I was in the hospital I was given two Seconals at a time and still didnt sleep and Ambien and Lunesta do nothing for me either. I can only take Zanaflex at bedtime because for about a half an hour it makes me so sleepy I will actually start to dream with my eyes open! It is very short acting though. It only lasts a couple of hours. I do like that I can get to sleep with it and once I am asleep I can usually get a pretty good nights sleep. I always slept well on Soma too but I could take Soma in the day time and not be excessively sleepy. That is my experience with the two but like I said, everyone reacts differently.
Zanaflex is used mostly with M.S. patients. I have horrible tension headaches from a brain and skull surgery. I have used both in my opinion Soma is much more effective with muscle spasms, and muscle pain
I take 350mg of Topamax at night for headaches. I'm also prescribed three 350mg of Soma throughout the day for my degenerative discs in my back.
Once in a while I'll take a 4mg Zanaflex at night.
You'd think I wouldn't have any kind of pain in the world. Some people may be in a coma taking those meds and all of the other ones I have to take for other problems.
I think the Soma maybe better than Zanaflex.
I have migraine headaches and terrible muscle spasms in my back that take my breath away and my legs hurt to the bone. I’ve been taking the 350mg Soma and they really help. I’ve been given different drugs for my migraines but the Dr just gave me the 4mg Zanaflex but, I haven’t taken any yet so thanks for the info about taking at bedtime. Hope they help because I wake up every couple of hours and headache still there the next day from no sleep either.
It just depends really on your body chemistry. I took 2 Soma's and didn't feel a thing..my spasms didn't relax, nothing.. I took 2mg of zanaflex and I was drooling..lol.
Finally got relief after going through every muscle relaxer on the market... now I have friends who have taken the zanaflex and nothing..the Soma works better..so try it..start with the 2mg, you may need as much as 4mg if your spasms are like mine... after a couple of weeks I did have to move to the higher dose but have been fine since.Best of Luck. R.
I have taken both. Zanaflex has made me pass out 3 times, actually injuring myself once. I tried only taking at night. It will knock me out for about 2 hours then I'm awake with a hangover like headache. I took soma for years and never had any problems with it. If I'm not busy it may cause a little sleepiness but otherwise it's a great medication. One thing to cause concern with zanaflex is it's potential for liver damage! Especially if you are like me and take other medications. With any meds, be careful and follow prescription directions. I am currently on zanaflex but am going to ask my dr today to resume soma as I feel it works better and is safer.
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