My neurologist prescribed this for me, I have only taken one dose. The possible side effect of anxiety makes me, well... anxious. I have had anxiety attacks in the past so knowing that is a possible side effect I am reluctant to use this very often. But would like some relief from upper back and neck pain. Anyone who has suffered from anxiety that is currently using this drug? I just want a little reassurance. Thanks so much!
Due to a chronic pain disease and suffering from anxiety and panic attacks I was on both at the same time; Xanax used for anxiety and Zanaflex used for muscle spasms.
I still take the Xanax for anxiety but have been able to take less over the years and for really bad muscle spasms the Zanaflex lost it's good effects after about 1 1/2yrs on it so I had to have that changed.
Maybe they think it's safer to put you on this muscle relaxer vs the Xanax?
Esp if you need it for both.
I can tell you I didn't feel anxiety while on Zanaflex so that shouldn't be a problem and if for any reason it is, call your doctor immediately. If we all went by the side effects for all medications; we wouldn't want to take any of them at all.
I absolutely hate having to take medications as prior to the injury that caused RSD, I wouldn't even take Tylenol for a headache unless it got really bad.
I have remained smart enough to fear all medications using them carefully and responsibly and that is the best advice I can give to you.
Mrod I don't suffer from anxiety so I don't know if I will be of much help but I will say that Zanaflex makes me very calm and it helps alot to sleep and with muscle spasms in my back and legs. I currently take 4mg up to 4 times daily but I usually only take it at night due to it making me sleepy.
Good luck to you and I hope it helps you if you decide to take it.
- Zanaflex Information for Consumers
- Zanaflex Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zanaflex (detailed)
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