Are there dangers in taking both a muscle relaxer and painkiller?

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Are there any dangers to raking both a flexeril (stamped 10) and a percocet (not sure on mg)?

Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

If you are taking these medications for acute back pain, they are often taken together, since back pain can be so painful. But keep in mind that both medications can make you very drowsy. Therefore, you should not be driving or working while taking these medications. I recommend taking them as they were prescribed to you for your back pain, and you can stop them once your back feels better.