What's the best muscle relaxant available with a prescription? All opinions wanted!
Question posted by mitjason on 21 Dec 2009
Last updated on 10 September 2021 by mahrobertson
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!
Soma is the only one that works for me. Curious what others said, as my doctor said Soma is being discontinued? This is insane.
31 Dec 2019
My brother is a Board Certified Neurologist for 40 years and has a subspecialty Ph.D. in Migraine Headaches. Anyway, he said that he thought that the best muscle relaxer was Valium (Valium is the Brand name and diazepam is the generic brand name of Valium. These are Benzodiazepines). He then added that his second choice of a muscle relaxer would be Soma. After these two meds (i.e. Valium and Soma); then he would prescribe, Robaxibm, Skelaxin or whichever is the patient's preference. Nowadays it would probably be difficult to get a doctor to give you a script for Valium or for Soma since they are Schedule IV controlled meds. For Valium ( the 5 mg tabs or 10 mg tabs), take one tab every 8 hours. Ye
17 Sep 2019
Soma, hands down. All the others will offer no noticable help. You wouldn't even notice taking them. With Soma, you will feel it's action within 15-30 minutes. Just use them judiciously, as they have a similar effect as Valium 10mg. Take it according to directions, and you'll receive the relief your looking for in a medicine. Valium would be the top, but considering likliness of actually obtaining a prescription, Soma is usually the way to go. Just be sure to use as directed, as they can get you off balance and slurred speech if you take additional tablets. Keep it safe, especially when coupled with opioid pain meds. Be smart.
24 Aug 2018
Soma is by far hands down the best muscle relaxer, period. Nothing else even comes close
6 Aug 2018
I would say Clorazepate which is normally categorized into the group of "alcohol withdrawal." Yet my personal opinion is this med is a tranquilizer as well as a muscle relaxant without much side effects at all. The only thing is when one first starts taking it, they might feel sleepy. But after a while, the sleepy side effect will subside. It actually works on your Central Nervous System. The brand name is Tranxene.
25 June 2018
Flexeril was a great relaxant for me. I have multi fusion on multi levels of my Back. Flexeril really work with the muscle spasms.
22 May 2018
22 May 2018
Chlorzoxazone works best for me, its an old relaxant and with Flexeril and Zanaflex I had terrible restless leg syndrome. Hope this helps
11 March 2018
26 Sep 2017
I use Baclofen for severe muscle cramps related to nerve damage from sciatica. I also take Lyrica. The combination work very well for me. I only have a severe cramp occasionally. Here's another webpage from drugs.com with more user feedback on muscle relaxants
Not sure what you went with, but, tizanidine works well for me. Baclofen does well also. I don't have any experience with the others. Hope you've found relief.
30 June 2017
Soma has worked very well for me over many years of a chronic condition. Muscle spasms are relieved for me within a few minutes and better as minutes pass.
23 June 2017
I am wondering about your specification of "skeletal muscle relaxants" and your omission of several that people have listed. Are there muscle relaxers that do various things and target different issues? For general muscle relaxers, Flexeril did NOTHING for me, Soma is pretty good, but Valium has worked the best. Several doctors have told me that it IS the best and used in the most serious cases. I wonder how many of the people who prefer Soma have tried Valium. Only a couple of people mentioned it. I also know that this question is almost 8 years old, but people are still responding.
28 Feb 2017
19 Aug 2013
what works for me is Zanaflex 4mg. I have fibromyalgia muscle disease, doctors tried others and they did not work for me at all. doing great with the Zanaflex.