Learn from patients with pain similar to yours

CatchMyPain Community and Pain Diary App to manage chronic illness

Benzaprine?

Apr 05, 2016 6:53 AM

Doc put me on it a few months ago and it was fine. I was sleeping better and my pain levels decreased (more than I realized but am finding out now that I am off it).

After a couple of months of being on the med I was sleeping for hours longer than normal and while I have depression and seasonal depression it seemed to be a lot worse and lasting a lot longer this year. Wondering if it was the medication I went off of it. Depression seems better but I am not sure if it was the meds or not. Has anyone else experienced this? I see my doc on Friday.

My pain levels are much higher off of the meds :(

Apr 05, 2016 6:54 AM

I looked it up and depression is a side effect but apparently its rare

Apr 05, 2016 6:55 AM

Hold on, gotta get my brain smarts put back on/it's kinda like a hat....brb

Apr 05, 2016 6:56 AM

Dont hurt yourself darlin. Thinking can be dangerous sometimes 💗

Apr 05, 2016 6:59 AM

Oh helll, benzaprine is flexeril! And it does has anti depressants qualities to it...as well as muscle relaxant

Apr 05, 2016 7:02 AM

Is that what it is? I was taking it for sedation and muscles... i wonder if it interacted badly with my other meds.

If my damn doc would give me a green card for medical marijuana I could use that at night. I am not sleeping so my muscles dont get a chance to relax

Apr 05, 2016 7:04 AM

Yep , I hear ya, at least you possibly live in a more open minded state of our blessed United States...so next question, if it's not being tooo nosy, what current meds are you prescribed?

Apr 05, 2016 7:05 AM

I have my "nursing hat"/on and my meds have kicked in....lol

Apr 05, 2016 7:09 AM

Citalopram
Lamotrigine
Naproxin
Rabreprazol
Levothyroxin

Apr 05, 2016 7:22 AM

Lol yeah i dont even know what the regular names are for them all.

Apr 05, 2016 7:24 AM

Lol I know most of them but I am researching for you...brb

Apr 05, 2016 7:42 AM

Tis a good thing because I am often all discombobulated.

Apr 05, 2016 8:17 AM

Okay, reviewing the current list of medications, I see no unsafe drug interactions. Take only the prescribed amount of the Naproxen, because the antidepressant you are taking,mentions a slight risk of increased bleeding. So , hence ; be careful not to add aspirin or other NSAIDS, Because of the risk.
Lamotrigine (a mood stabilizer) may cause some clumsiness, dizziness, or drowsiness; which should go away after a while.
Rabreprazol (proton pump inhibitors) used for GERD...POSSIBLE side effects Headache, constipation, or diarrhea. The major warning signs for adverse reactions with this particular medication would be Serotonin Syndrome, changes in heart rhythm, the increased risk for bleeding, and decrease sodium blood levels.
Citalopram ( SSRI antidepressant) some dry mouth, nausea, and drowsiness. Which all.should decrease over time.
Okay, always always always, seek out any questions/concerns with your physician and /or with a Pharmacist.
I will.get back here shortly with some more stuff...love ya! Hope this can reassure you or at least point you to the physician for follow up or new ideas.

Apr 05, 2016 8:19 AM

Yep i have been on all of those for years and no, i never take asprin. Just the flexiril that seems to be an issue. .

Apr 05, 2016 8:27 AM

Flexeril has been around for ages...it is usually the first med they will choose to use.....naturally coming off this medication would.make you wonder if it or lack of it increased you depression and increased the pain levels...here's my non doctor opinion, call, make an appointment, tell him what you have told me, I think that he might need to look at the antidepressant you currently are on...dosage,length of time you have taken it, ask you more specific questions regarding the depression and pain levels. And, ask him for flexeril (if you were pleased with how it affected you overall) or ask him about the other muscle relaxants on the market that you can try.

Apr 05, 2016 8:31 AM

Oh and have basic chemistry blood lab work as well as check thyroid levels and sedimentation rate (checks for inflammation)/......

Okay, there ya have it... Only my opinion based on some research., etc.
Sorry if I got overboard on the info. Love and Blessings, Terri

Apr 05, 2016 9:13 AM

Not overboard youve been great. Thanks!

Apr 05, 2016 9:22 AM

Just curious if I'm the only one getting the good meds and still b*******? Morphine 30 MG xr x 4
Lyrica ???
Baclophen kinda crappie
Celebration

Apr 05, 2016 10:41 AM

Wow,poorStephanie, you are fortunate, I learned a long while ago that the narcotics actually increase my psychosomatic perceptions of my spinal pain. I do not use them regularly at all anymore..however; I do hit the pain threshold that I can not manage , when that happens my primary will prescribe a small quantity to help break my pain cycle. I am not in any way shape or form judging those who are taking daily narcotics to manage their discomforts. I just feel enormously emotionally better doing it this way for me. Hope you can start feeling better ...much love and blessings, Terri

Apr 05, 2016 10:14 PM

PoorStephanie you lucky girl. I get morphine too but its 5mg every 4 hrs when needed. I can't take it everyday because he doesnt give me enough for proper pain control.

Apr 05, 2016 10:17 PM

My doc won't give me a green card so when the pain is really bad and I can't sleep I keep a stash. I have told the doc this and that it works but I refuse to take it if there is anything outside of the house I need to do. I don't want to be stoned I want relief from the pain. Giving me access to controlled MMJ would enable me to find something that works without the side effects but noooooo. He's a great doc but in some ways he's a weiner.

Apr 05, 2016 11:31 PM

I'm sorry to hear about that myfsurladies.
Can I ask, what is MMJ?

Apr 05, 2016 11:34 PM

Oh gosh.. This medication did nothing for me. I'm using it for insomnia! Because no other medication can help me sleep except this medication.it did me no good muscle wise.

Apr 05, 2016 11:59 PM

I'm getting set up for MMJ. But where I live it illegal.

Apr 06, 2016 12:01 AM

Its not here but that fact isnt doing me much good lol

Apr 06, 2016 12:02 AM

How bad is your pain? Keeping you from working and living life?

Apr 06, 2016 12:02 AM

@GenderbentBoy that's why i had it as well

Apr 06, 2016 12:03 AM

Definitely. I haven't been able to work for years

Apr 06, 2016 12:03 AM

Have you be refered to a pain clinic?

Apr 06, 2016 12:06 AM

No he wont send me. Am going to ask about aeeing a paim specialist

Apr 06, 2016 12:07 AM

If he won't send you then you need a new doctor if this one isn't helping you then you need a different one

Apr 06, 2016 12:10 AM

Its not that easy. I live in a very rural area with few doctors. Hes great on every other way... pain clinics make money off of medicating you and he doesnt want them to cover the issues but to help me proactively deal with treating them. A pain specialist is different though which us why i am asking him

In the meantime i am off to bed.

Apr 06, 2016 12:12 AM

Sounds good. Im a take some Benxzaprine to fall asleep

Ready to start relieving your pain?

Join Community