Posted by myco on March 6, 2009, at 11:32:25
In reply to Re: Treat Social Anxiety w/ Muscle Relaxers instead?, posted by becksFLA on March 6, 2009, at 11:19:11
Depends how you define potency...you see "real" muscle relaxer are benzo-types like valium...that's certainly one option you could consider. Valium or restoril will give you a nice muscle relaxant feel but being benzo...you know the issues with prolonged use. There are tons of muscle relaxant out there though, most through rx unfortunately. But if you have a good open minded dr then thats ok. I used alot of methylcarbomol (i.e. robaxacet and the like) in the past and found it a good muscle relaxant that was dose dopendent but suffered, again, from tolerance over time. But a good blast of 3-4 extra strength tabs couple times a day every 2 or 3 days was brilliant for relieving enough pain to make me "at ease", which would bring out some limited AD effect for sure. People under so much pain for ages finally get a lil relief then wow they smile a lil and ease up in mood to some extent. The reason I like Norflex (one of my occassional favs even now) is the strength and duration. It feels diff than robaxacet...it will make your whole body, every muscle, go "jelly like" lol kind of in enough of a dose. And in Canada it's over the counter so easy to get. Lasts a good 5-7 or so hours (less than the package says - studies back this up actually) but you can also get a slow release form of it that, to me, feels more like 10-15h. Watch tolerence again though...this particular one will make you feel sh*tty if you use it more than about 4 or 5 days in a row...cycle it with robax or something else. Of course if you can get rx relaxant then you may be better off...I do alot of OTC's due to ease of access and norflex is the best OTC relaxant (dose wise comparison) in Canada...it may be rx in the USA though. Try a few though, it will only add positives if used correctly...but do cycle so you get more out of them. Prob don't wanna ditch the klon or at least not yet.
atypical depression, gad, sad
> Interesting stuff...is Norflex considered a Muscle Relaxer? I looked it up, it seems less potent. And yes, that sounds like me. Even if deep down I "know" I should not be anxious and am perfectly in a calm situation, I still feel the forced smiling and am constantly worried about how to make the smile look as natural as possible, resulting in a vicious cycle.