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Amrix

Started by Bacaumi on 07/01/2010 10:52pm

Wondering if anyone has had good success (or any experiences with) with the drug Amrix. Not talking about the short acting little brother Flexeril, but the big brother 24 hour Extended Release Amrix. I am trying to get away from Zanaflex and the doc wants to try Amrix and see if it will provide me some relief.

Thanks for your time

Bacaumi

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I was on flexeril and was put on Amrix.

First off, there is no generic for Amrix. So my bloody copay was $60.

Secondly, I could tolerate flexeril that gives mild drowsiness. I took a Amrix in the night and slept like an elephant :) :) mland my wife woke me up in the morning to see whats wrong. I woke up with a very bad drowsiness. I hated it, it was unbearable. But I heard it worked for others.

Its very good when you are in pain and will be doing a lot of PT especially when there's stiffness and a tendency for spasms. My $0.02.

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luvdodo

Thanks for your response. Tonight will be the first night I will take it and I am curious to see how much different it will effect me vs the Zanaflex. If I sleep through the night, that will be the first in a very long time. I don't think I know how to react to sleeping more than 2 or 3 hours at a time.

Fortunately my copay is only $9 for the Amrix, so I don't have to worry there.

PT is a part of my daily life, so no worries there either. I just hope that I am trading off meds for some significant relief.

Thanks again,

Bacaumi

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Bacaumi,

Let me know how it goes. Probably I am more prone to drowsiness. I had drowsiness even with the non-drowsy version of sudafed :)

Happy sleeping.

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luvdodo

Well I started on 30mgs last night and had a bear of a time getting to sleep. Had a pretty typical night, with increased spasms, which I'm hoping will ease after I take the next dose or two. Thank goodness for the hot tub or I would have been in trouble yesterday. My system is like an ox when it comes to every drug with the exception of the Zanaflex. It's the only one that has ever really made me drowsy. I'm hopeful that the Amrix will become more effective after a few days, if not I will have to try something else.

Happy 4th of July

Bacaumi

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It indeed was a great 4th of July today. The fireworks, here in the DC area, were amazing.

So are your trying amrix specifically for the spam issue? I was so sick of every med, that I stopped all of them including neurontin, which the last one that I got rid off.

Thanks.

Dods.

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Indeed the fireworks in DC are a sight to behold! I saw them there 3 years ago and it was very impressive. Glad that you had a good 4th of July.

I'm trying the Amrix for spasms I have due to the loss of a couple muscles in my neck after posterior surgery at C1 and C2. I have been on valium, robaxin, baclofen, botox and zanaflex over the last 3 years trying to keep them tolerable, along with moist heat and PT. The zanaflex was helping but just forcing me to have to take a short nap every 6 hours. I have an SCS that controls a lot of my cervical radiculopathy and scapula pain and take neurontin and celebrex to control my lumbar radiculopathy and lower back pain. Been through the wringer these last several years. If and when the neurontin fails, I will most likely wind up with a second SCS and I really don't want to entertain that thought at the moment.

I was able to get away from opioids 3 years ago and my goal is to stay away from them completely. I've done a lot of research on pain control via foods that we consume and have been counseled on that by a neurologist that has studied diet and the effect it has on pain and healing. It is pretty spectacular the results I have seen with myself and a friend based on diet modification.

That is very cool that you have been able to ditch the meds. Congrats. I hope it didn't come at too great of a cost.

If the Amrix works, I am hoping to go back to work part time. So keep your fingers crossed.

Kindest Regards

Bacaumi

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I took Amarix for my low back pain, and it helped with the constant spasms I was having, I was able to work and function much better than when I was on Flexaril, it was horribly expensive, but if you comb the net you can find coupons to help with the cost. Hope all goes well for you.

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Thanks for the reply Sam. Once the withdrawal symptoms from the Zanaflex subside a bit more, I do think that I will be feeling quite a bit better. My head is much clearer, but my musles are hypertonic at the moment since I dropped the Zanaflex in only 3 days from a long term high dose. Doc said to do what I thought I could handle and I really wanted off that stuff in the worst way. I have an incredible amount of energy at the moment and not the typical Flexeril Fog. So I am hopeful this works well for me. Fortunately I have good insurance and my copay is less than $10. I saw the real price on the print out ... you aren't kidding this stuff is expensive!

Thanks again,

Bacaumi

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Bacaumi,

Thanks for your detailed note and sorry to hear what you've been going through.

I have myself been going through a lot of diet control, not starving but eating very healthy and minimizing on sodium and HFCS! I have already lost 16lbs in 2 months and feel much better.

Do you have any recommendations on food that help pain as well as any good books you've read?

How did Neurontin do? I was given 100mg/3 daily but saw no effects and stopped it.

I have a severely re-herniated disc at L5S1 and am avoiding fusion. I've gotten the pain in the back under control but the most painful part is the formication on/under the foot. It feels like I walk on 100 needles every minute. Its very very irritating and intense.

Thanks.

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luvdodo

My favorite book on food and pain is "Foods That Fight Pain: Revolutionary New Strategies for Maximum Pain Relief" by Neal Barnard, MD. There's incredible suggestions in it and explanations for a lot of it and recommendations. Certain foods fight pain by fighting inflammation, others fight pain via phytoestrogen. I have a friend who had horrible headaches and fibro and she went on a diet suggested in this book and in 30 days was off all meds and in 90 days felt fantastic. Watching her was very inspirational and a great testimony.

As far as Neurontin goes, 100mg 3 times a day is like spitting on a forest fire. It takes a while for the Neurontin to become effective and for many it is a balancing act between effectiveness and side effects. I've been on it for about 10 years and every time I try to decrease the dose, my legs just kill me. Since I don't suffer any side effects from it, I plan to continue with it until such time as things change and it quits being therapeutic for me.

This is day three with the Amrix and although it isn't quite as effective as the Zanaflex, I plan to stick it out for a while and see how it goes. I am stunned that I have so much more energy and I almost feel lost not having the need to take mandatory naps twice a day. If this keeps up, I will be job hunting in no time!

I hope you can figure something out for your foot pain. Ugh that is no fun.

Kindest Regards

Bacaumi

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Thanks Bacaumi, sounds good I'll definitely order that book.

I am thinking of trying neurontin now. when you say legs would kill you. What kind of pain is this?

The pain I have is crushing pain in the foot/toe/sole. Upon walking it's like pins and needles (severe). Worse upon walking up and trying to stretch the foot. Is it any similar?

Thanks a ton.

luvdodo

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luvdodo

It helps with the deep intense burning- want -to -rip- your -leg- off ache.

I hope you like the book. I was so impressed that I ordered a few more copies and sent them to some friends. Like with any book, there are things that I read and then just discard because at the moment there's no correlation to my life or condition. By reading through the book I found several things I wanted to try and that help tremendously. I have been able to give up using Imitrex for migraines just because of the foods I eat now.

Have a good day,

Bacaumi

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Thanks Bacaumi

Same pain. It was much mild until last week. all of a sudden I woke up with double intensity. the mild formication (feeling of insects) started feeling like a 1000 needles. I have no clue why it worsened.

I will ask my therapist today if she has an answer. Probably its some PT exercise that worsened it last week.

I am still avoiding medication, let's see for how long. Trying to sole the puzzle with homeopathy now.

Awaiting a copy of the book :)

Stay in touch.

Thanks.

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