What is this med?

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snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 1/27/2010 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
My Dr just perscribed: Skelaxin for a muscle relaxant.
 
Does anyone have any history with this?
I would like to know about it.
He gave it to me because methacarbomol & cyclobenzaprine & valume dont work at all.
Thanks
Donna
 
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kimber9807
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   Posted 1/27/2010 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Skelaxin is a strong muscle relaxant that is usually prescribed for patients that has ms.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
 
meds:bentyl,zofran and trazodone.


snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 1/27/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you taken it?
What is it like? What should I expect?
I am asking because it is SO expensive...I wanna know what people think of it b4 I buy it..
Thanks
Donna
Donna
 
*****************************
Tethered Spinal Cord
1.5x1.2 cm spinal cord cyst at L5/S1
  (Lumbar Laminectemy completed 9/10/09)
Scolosis
Migrains
Leg Deformity
Foot Deformity 
Knee Pain
Hip Pain
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Severe Depression
Insomenia
DDD
Artheritis (Spine)
Spinal Bone Spurs
NEW: Herniated Disc T5/T6
 
"I'm not going to vacuum 'till Sears makes one
you can ride on"
~Roseane Barr~
 


PAlady
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   Posted 1/27/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna,
I don't know anything about this particular med, but does your doctor have any samples you might try? Either that, or (depending on how your insurance is structured) you may be able to just get a part of the script filled, say a few days worth, and see how it works. Sometimes doctors have sample coupons.

PaLady

White Beard
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   Posted 1/27/2010 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
snobrdgrl321


There are several good web sites that cover prescription medications and not only gives you the techinical information of them but also user reviews. But you have to remember that everyone reacts differently to medications, I have used it and I did not think that it did any thing for me, when I was in the military they aways gave me Robaxin for muscle spasms, but you had to take it awhile before it did any thing. I hated Flexeril, that made me dopey and spacey but didn't do anything for the spasms. Low dose diazapam worked very quickly for me to relieve the spasm but did not last, and injected diazapam is great to relieve severe muscles spasms in and emergency, but not good for a continuing problem with spasms like I have! Now I take Baclofen every eight hours 24/7 and it has been a Godsend for me. It not only relieves the spasms but also helps with the pain, and I have no side affects with it! But allot of people do not like Baclofen! Again everyone is different!



Donna that is what makes your question so hard to answer! But yet it is one that we all ask, and want and need an answer to! Yet there really isn't an answer, because although it I did not think it worked for me, maybe after your on it a little while you might think it is the Greatest thing since sliced bread! Just as I do Baclofen! And with all that said I haven't helped you a bit, have I? :-) But I do hope it works for you, and if it doesn't then go back and see if your Doctor can prescribe something that will work. But I would give it a week or two,first! I know even the Baclofen I take, they had to start me off on a lowdose and slowly increase the dosage untill it became effective!



Good Luck to You!



White Beard

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   Posted 1/27/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Skelaxin and Robaxin for chronic severe muscle spasm. I think they work about the same for me. I alternate to avoid building a tolerance. For me they work ok - not great, but I haven't found anything that works great. But-I agree that everyone is different so it may be great for you. Good luck :)

bsjaguar
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   Posted 1/28/2010 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   

I tried Skelaxin with little relief.  Flexeril like WB said made me way too sleepy.  I'm now taking Zanaflex which is a anti-spasmatic but it is short lived so doesn't really help either.  Haven't really found anything yet that helps the muscle spasms other than Neurontin that helps the ones in the neck for some reason.

Good Luck with your search for the perfect med.  It takes alot of trial and error to find the one that works for you.  I don't think there is anything that will take all the pain away completely but can get it to a controllable level to function.


---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


straydog
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   Posted 1/29/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeesh, I did not know they still rx'd Skelaxin, lol. I took it a very long time ago and did really well with it. But was always moved on to the newer type of muscle relaxers over time.

No one here can really tell you how it will affect you as we all metabolize medications so differently. So, I would not rely on anyone else's experience with this medication. Even tho it helped me it may do nothing for you.

You can also google skelaxin and can pull up any info you need about the drug. As WhiteBeard said there are many sites available on the web to read about medications. I usually look everything up on drugs.com.
 

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