What's the best muscle relaxant available with a prescription? All opinions wanted!
- 21 Dec 2009 by mitjason
- 4 Aug 2017
- 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!
Flexeril works the best that I have found and I have used several on your list.
Hope this helps you
I would have to say soma is the best, it's the only muscle relaxer that ever worked for me! I know for sure that the skelaxin made me sick to my stomach and had to be taken off of it. hope this helps...
I take flexeril 10mg and it works well for me hope this helps
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
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.
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
I have used soma since 1998, and would not do without it. I have tried them all, however soma is by far the only one that has given me any relief. the only other one that has helped was Norflex, however this only helped when I see my pain doc and he will give me an injection of it, however pill form did not do a thing for the spasms.
So I would def go with soma
For me, xanax or klonopin by far. It's the only thing that has given my legs relief from pain, muscle twitching, and freezing cold feet despite 2 normal ultrasounds of the legs. And as a bonus, I haven't had to have my botox injections for dystonia (every 3-4 months for years) since March since being rx'd a benzo. I take it with a 5-hour energy drink so I don't feel any tired side effect. Just my experience.
Ive tried most of them and Soma by far is my choice
I have tried soma, flexeril, Robaxin, Skeleaxin and if memory serves me correctly at one time they used Diazepam (people's doctors can use various things) I think even though I had some side effects flexeril then Skelaxin and another was Parafon forte (I don't know if they still use that much) I pray that things improve for you
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
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.
there are a few others one I can think of is Robaxin 500mg, another is Parafon Forte one that is used as an antiinflammatory and does well is Motrin but I am not talking about the one that you buy over the counter they have one that is stronger by prescription wishing you all the best
I found soma 350mg to be the best out of all muscle relaxers I have been on and off them for years for chronic back pain between that and norco but off for three weeks trying to quit them, but the motrin is doing nothing so back to the soma,,
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