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Flexeril for Sciatica User Reviews

Flexeril has an average rating of 5.4 out of 10 from a total of 31 reviews for the treatment of Sciatica. 35% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 39% reported a negative experience.

Flexeril rating summary

5.4/10 average rating

31 ratings from 37 user reviews.

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Reviews for Flexeril

  • 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."

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

"Been prescribed 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 Flexeril when needed. It takes 2 hours to start working and it knocks me out. I wake up with less pain and am 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 only at nighttime."

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  • My...
  • 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. Toradol maybe. Tramadol maybe. Anyway, Flexeril gives 2 hours of slight relief."

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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."

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  • NNGray
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 15, 2013

"Well, I was just prescribed Flexeril yesterday 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 only 1/2 a pill as needed vs the 10 mg 3 times daily."

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  • Shawna
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 9, 2023

"I just want to say, first, people in these reviews keep talking about how it didn’t help their pain. It’s not a pain pill, it’s a muscle relaxer. And muscles will hurt worse before getting better. Since Flexeril loosens and relaxes, it does not take away pain. After a while of taking it and it loosening and relaxing, I did see major relief. But it definitely got worse as the medicine worked on loosening my muscles before it got better. Pain pills work quickly. You have to have patience with muscle relaxers. Depending on how tight your muscles have gotten."

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  • Juice...
  • 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 an accident at work. Now I also have Fibromyalgia, 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 comfortably, and I wake up with less stiffness and not as sore."

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  • Franc...
  • February 19, 2012

"This was the first time I had ever taken cyclobenzaprine. I took one (1) 10mg tablet on a Thursday evening around 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. It did not help with pain but allowed me to get some much-needed sleep."

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  • Vacr
  • 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."

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  • Baile...
  • 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...."

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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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  • Larry...
  • 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."

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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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  • Anne
  • 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!"

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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!"

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  • SCADA...
  • 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."

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  • Anony...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • September 19, 2021

"I was prescribed this on two separate occasions, one was for TMJ issues 4 years ago. I heard really great things about this medication, including complete relief from pain and the ability to have a good night's rest. I took 10mg every night for a 30 days and didn't notice a difference in pain nor was there an improvement in my sleep. It did absolutely nothing. I could barely open my mouth enough to take a bite of food or to yawn. Fast forward 4 years and I'm prescribed it again for tight muscles in my lower back, causing some sciatica and lower back arthritis. I've taken it about 4-5 days and my pain has actually gotten worse. I don't feel any positive effects from the medication whatsoever, no drowsiness, no pain relief. But I will say that I do believe it is negatively effecting my mood. I am also taking Elavil and noticed improvements with my mood while taking Elavil only. When Flexeril was added, on the 5th day I noticed my mood has drastically declined (depression/anxiety)."

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  • KRS...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • December 24, 2012

"I have taken this medication 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 painkiller - it is a muscle relaxer."

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  • Lesli...
  • 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."

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  • Irish
  • 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."

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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."

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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."

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  • MikeJ
  • August 2, 2009

"First time I took Flexeril I slept 15 hours straight."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 8, 2020

"Doesn’t work for me at all!"

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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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