Is there any difference between flexeril and Zanaflex (tizanidine) for low back pain?

Yes, Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) differs from the other centrally acting agents because it is structurally and pharmacologically related to amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant. . Tizanidine is the drug of choice for muscle spasm. Always consult your doctor for your individual needs.

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Is Soma or Zanaflex (tizanidine) more effective than flexeril? For torticollus and back pain. I've had all kinds of labs and scans, im merely curious

Best medication. The best one is the one that works best (for you). I think Zanaflex (tizanidine) is a great muscle relaxer. Some is essentially a tranquilizer....So i would avoid it. If Flexeril is not helping then by all means try a different medication. Read more...

What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?

None of above. Medications should not be ordered until pathology is understood. Read more...
See below. I avoid Soma as it is essentially a tranquilizer, not a muscle relaxer. Both Zanaflex and Flexeril are good medications. There best one is the one that works best for you. Other options (less sedating) are Baclofen and skelaxin (metaxalone). Read more...

Do flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) help with lower back pain?

Not for me. I do not use this medication as it does not relax muscles. It simply creates a sedative effect and can cause amnesia. There is no anti-inflammatory effect or any preventative chemistry with this medicine. So i say no it is not helpful. Nsaid's, tylenol, (acetaminophen) ice/heat, capsaicin, are certainly helpful and will not interfere with driving/work. Mckenzie pt is also very effective. Narcotics for short term. Read more...
Not the best med. Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) can be a useful drug if you only have a one time, isolated low back strain. Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)'s mechanism of action is not well understood, but we know it works centrally at the brain and not the muscles. Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) may help you rest, but will not solve the underlying problem if the back pain is chronic. Depending on the underlying pathology of the pain, pt and core exercise is the best remedy. Read more...