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User Reviews for Flexeril to treat Sciatica

Flexeril has an average rating of 5.6 out of 10 from a total of 27 ratings for the treatment of Sciatica. 37% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 37% reported a negative effect.

Flexeril Rating Summary

5.6/10 average rating

27 ratings from 32 user reviews.

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Reviews for Flexeril

Miss · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 4, 2020

“Been Rx for this med Flexeril for years, I may take it once a month when I have a flare up from my chronic pain from Fibromyalgia . I’m also on Norco (hydrocodone) and take flexeral when needed. It takes 2 hours to start working and it knocks me out, I wake up with less pain and actually able to move in the morning before taking my pain medication. On 10mg, I cannot take it during the day, (I did in the beginning and didn’t notice much) but eventually to only at nighttime.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous May 23, 2013

“I have two bulging discs L4/L5 and L3/L4 and herniated L5/S1 and pinched nerves. My hydrocodone wasn't enough, I started taking Flexeril twice a day and the pain reduced to almost nothing and the burning down my legs stopped from my pinched nerves. It doesn't last as long as I would like but it makes the day go by a lot easier and is definitely worth taking it.”

10 / 10
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My aching back · Taken for less than 1 month August 24, 2020

“I have just had severe sciatica pain in my left side with pain that goes whizzing down the front of my left leg. I was given Flexeril and taking 800 mg Advil. Flexeril works slightly. I can walk well for about 2 hours. After that, it's agony every minute I'm at work. It wears off too fast. Slight short lasting relief won't get me through an 8 hour shift. Doctors don't seem to want to give out the stuff that DOES work. Such as Soma, Norco or Percocet. Torodol maybe. Tramadol maybe. Anyway. Flexeril gives 2 hours of slight relief.”

2 / 10
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Chloe · Taken for less than 1 month December 31, 2019

“I wish I could give Flexeril a rating of zero. I was diagnosed with sciatica 2 weeks ago and was given this medication. I do my physical therapy/stretching each day, but I feel like taking this medicine is useless. It doesn't relax my muscles at all. My pain was at a 9 two weeks ago, but now it's at a 12 after all the daily stretching. I'm in agonizing pain when I sit, walk, move, and Flexeril hasn't helped me at all. I'm glad it works for some people, but for me it works less than ibuprofen.”

1 / 10
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NNGray · Taken for less than 1 month August 15, 2013

“Well I was just prescribed Flexeril yeaterday for the pain I was experiencing from a L5-S1 herniated disc & Sciatica. It made me feel like a zombie about an hour & 1/2 after taking it. I took a shower and after getting out I had no strength in my arms or legs. Dry mouth & lower leg pains when laying in bed later. It did help with the pain but will be taking but 1/2 a pill AS NEEDED vs the 1-10 mg 3xs daily.”

7 / 10
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Keith · Taken for less than 1 month May 8, 2021

“I have a very bad sciatic nerve problem and it travels down my left leg and feels like somebody is shocking me whenever I hit a certain point or walk a certain way. So I started taking Flexeril and one day later I started feeling better it dulled the pain. But now I have pain in my middle back that feels like I have something there? Anyway I still feel pain but these definitely dull the sharp pain!”

9 / 10
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Juiceybear · Taken for 10 years or more July 10, 2016

“I have been taking Flexeril 10mg in Combination with Celebrex 200mg. I take both PRN and they work great. I started in 2005 on both meds from a accident at work. Now I also have Fibromialgia , RA and Osteoarthritis. I continue to take flexeril at night and it works great for me. I use a heated mattress pad and flexeril to sleep comfortable and I wake up with less stiffness and not as sore.”

10 / 10
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Franchase February 19, 2012

“This was the first time I had ever taken cyclobenzaprine. I took one (1) 10mg on a Thursday evening about 6:30 pm, and all day the next day I felt slight confusion, loss of concentration and it felt like my head was in a fog. Did not help with pain but allowed me to get some much needed sleep.”

5 / 10
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Vacr2638 May 30, 2015

“Was prescribed this for severe Sciatica and piriformis inflammation. This drug did absolutely NOTHING other than knock me out for few hours of deep sleep every time am bad drowsiness. I was then able to find some SOMA which is a miracle pain killer drug by comparison. Even better than the Percosets without apparent side effects. Yet, the doctors are completely paranoid to prescribe it unlike this useless Flexeril. Just check out the reviews on both drugs and compare.”

2 / 10
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SCADAman December 9, 2018

“I'm on a lot of other scripts, so maybe others may or may not be helping. I'm taking two extra strength tylenol AM & PM with the flex, they usually help pretty good, but still hurts especially when sitting, standing or walking.”

6 / 10
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Anonymous April 6, 2009

“I suffered horribly from sciatica. Flexeril helps loosen my leg and back. It helps with muscle spasms. I can tell before my leg is ready to lock up. I take Flexeril and in 20 minutes, it loosens up. With a combination of medicines and stretching, I am recovering.”

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Bailey1cooper January 16, 2017

“I have been taking this medicine for almost year and half, it has caused me to have tremors uncontrollable, muscle spasms in my shoulders making them rise up, have had mental challenges thinking this could be neuroligical disease. I only took it at night as soon as it wore off all the nerves took off worst then when I wasn't on it. I stopped the medicine and my body took 3 days to go back to normal.. I made appointment with chiropractor 3 weeks later and he could see the difference. The doctors don't always tell you the information you need. I been in 3 car wreaks with in 1 1/2 years and none of the doctors cought what this medicine was doing to me. I was suffering in alot of pain, all I could say is I'm better without Flexeril....”

1 / 10
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Russell · Taken for less than 1 month April 21, 2018

“Bad disc in neck causing severe muscle spams . This provided great relief , but had all the side effects. Dry mouth, bloating, brain in a fog. I only took 0.5 per day for 5 straight days . I am stopping now to clear my brain.”

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Anne3399 March 31, 2011

“This has been a wonderful addition to the pain medicines, with enabling a reduction in pain medicines from using this to stop the spasms that irritated the nerves. With my nerves less irritated, I was more fun to be around!”

10 / 10
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LarryLangley July 25, 2011

“Brand Name works great. Does the job and not even noticeable to myself that I've taken it. It will make me sleepy once I lay down, but fully functional on this medication until then. I've taken this drug since 1992. Unfortunately can NOT find this medicine in Brand name.”

10 / 10
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KRS of CA · Taken for 10 years or more December 24, 2012

“I have taken this medcation for years. When my sciatica acts up, I take two and Aleve and go to bed, within a few hours I start feeling better. It is not a pain killer--it is a muscle relaxer.”

9 / 10
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Leslianna · Taken for less than 1 month January 19, 2013

“Has helped tremendously. I am taking 10mg twice a day plus a narcotic. I feel Great as long as I get enough sleep. Virtually no pain due to severe osteoarthritis.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month February 8, 2020

“Doesn’t work for me at all!”

1 / 10
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Irish7373 October 2, 2014

“Flexeril makes me so drowsy that I fall asleep before I can feel actual relief of pain and then I miss out on everything. The only good thing is that it relaxes me so that I'm not tense.”

5 / 10
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Anonymous November 7, 2008

“Flexeril does not really take away my pain, but it helps me relax and sleep. If you take too much, it will cause confusion.”

6 / 10
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MikeJ August 2, 2009

“First time I took Flexeril I slept 15 hours straight.”

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Doughgirl · Taken for less than 1 month March 13, 2021

“I had been in a rear ended car accident and had neck, shoulder and back spasms. Flexiril worked when I took it first night but I was so foggy the next morning I had to call in sick...bwahaha”

6 / 10
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Anonymous November 3, 2010

“Flexeril and Percocet are the only medicines that help me out of pain with a herniated L5 dics and a pinched nerve.”

8 / 10
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Hurtsbad · Taken for less than 1 month January 13, 2020

“Can not walk. Hurts very bad. Day ,4 not much change”

3 / 10
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Anonymous January 12, 2009

“I agree with the previous person on this medication for sciatica. It does help you to sleep but does nothing for pain throughout the day.”

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