Sativex for the treatment of symptoms of spasticity

A cannabis derived drug which has been approved in some countries to treat muscle spasticity.

Sativex for the treatment of symptoms of spasticity

Postby scorpion » Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:15 pm

First time I heard of this but if it works it gets a thumbs up from me.

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Postby Loobie » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:00 pm

It probably does. It's the first marketed drug that is actual THC and not synthetic like Marinol, which is shit. I even heard you can get high off Sativex! I think they finally figured they couldn't fully replicate THC, so they figured out how to make it into a pharmaceutical and charge out the ass for it!! lol!!

I think you can get it in the UK and in Canada, but I can't recall if it's available in the US. I don't think so but I could be wrong.
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Postby Villagemaid » Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:50 pm

I have been using Sativex on and off for over a year now. I had to beg, borrow and PLEAD with my doctor to get it. I have nerve pain in my legs (and spacicity) and I just didn't want to take something long term as it is an intermittent problem.

Truely, it works for me. It "takes the edge off" when I'm in pain...one of those "I still feel it, but I really don't give a crap...."

It is not covered by Pharmacare and my personal health coverage only covers 50% of the cost...so it is still kind of expensive. That, and the fact that it is only good for about 30 days after the first spray - and I don't go through the whole bottle of spray in 30 days - it would take awhile I'm thinking...probably an everyday thing, but that's just not my case.

I think it is worth a try. It is made specifically for cancer patients and MS'ers with NERVE PAIN.......
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Postby L » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:46 pm

I read in GW literature ages ago that 'Sativex is to Marijuana what filter coffee is to the coffee bean' or something like that..

I tried smoking grass to help MS a few years back. I didn't like it much when I was a teenager and I definitely didn't like it a few years ago. I got really stoned with a makeshift pipe from a soft drinks can with holes punctured into the top and got really stoned every night. I kept it up for a month and I couldn't go on. I hate the confusion, and I hate wanting to do things but not being able to get things done! Besides, I realised that it tended to make my heart race. And, in my case, it didn't seem to help my MS. I don't actually suffer from pain but I heard that it was supposed to help with muscle stiffness.

VillageMaid- do you take it in doses which actually get you stoned?

PS - I remember reading a study that it offers, in the long term, a measure of protection for nerve cells. I don't remember any details mind you. Perhaps it was something along these lines , but I thought it was something other that cannabinoids being an anti-oxidant http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=3853
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Postby Villagemaid » Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:40 am

Well....I tried pot also a few times for the pain and legs.....that was when my son was 2 years old, and in bed...lol.......and I didn't think it really helped. So I stopped. I didn't like the fact that if I continued I'd be teaching my child to "not do drugs"...but here is Mommy smoking pot in the basement.....not cool for me. i also didn't like the fact that I didn't know exactly where (and who) my pot came from as I couldn't get compassionate pot and I got it off of a neighbour (kinda scuzzy) and I didn't feel good acting like a druggie....lol......

So - do I get stoned with Sativex?.....not on one spray. Once I was in SO much pain that I did two sprays...in the morning....after a small breakfast...and let's just say that I'm glad my son was at school...lol...I got the BODY stone.....it doesn't happen when I do it at night tho'.....which is when I mostly need it.

I do suggest NOT mixxing it with alcohol...one night I had a few glasses of wine (or more) and did the spray before bed....almost the worst headache of my life at 3am. Not fun at all.

As I said, I don't use it very often and it usually expires before I finish the vial........
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Postby L » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:12 pm

Well, I'm glad that it's working out for you. Perhaps I had some super strong skunk? At least that's what they call it in England. It did blow my mind. Man. I heard some hippies moaning the other day about how grass is ten times stronger than it was back in 'the good old days.'

If you don't feel stoned from it, I may give it a go. I think that my neurologist is an advocate so I shall see what he says..
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Postby Villagemaid » Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:36 pm

LOL....L.....

Well...our BC Bud is known around the world....lol....but I'm not into it...never have....only OCCASIONAL recreational use.....

I strongly suggest giving Sativex a try!

Take care!

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Postby Villagemaid » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:55 pm

This might get red-flagged....but it's what I'm thinking right now.....

"I'm in pain...so here I sit.....I've taken Sativex and don't give a ____"

Feeling blissfully happy after 24 hours of immense leg pain.
35 (f) dx'd since July 2000 RRMS
Treated in Bulgaria on September 8 2010
80 percent narrowed RJV and 90 percent narrowed Azygos
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Postby HarryZ » Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:01 am

I think you can get it in the UK and in Canada, but I can't recall if it's available in the US. I don't think so but I could be wrong.


Sativex was developed in the UK but ironically, Canada was the first country to approve it about 5 years ago. My wife used it for a couple of months for her leg spasms and leg pain and it did work...albeit a bit pricey.

Don't know if the UK has approved its use as yet.

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