l have been using Sativex spray - the cannabis based med licensed for ms use. My GP prescribes it on the NHS. lt makes a big difference to pain and muscle spasticity.
Did try the real thing - a few years ago. lt certainly helps with pain etc. but it is so difficult to get the ‘dose’ right as it does keep on working for quite a while.
ln this weeks Pathways - page 8. Quote: Sativex does not effect driving ability.
Sativex, the cannabis-based spray, improves MS spasticity without effecting patients’ abilities to carry out day to day tasks including driving, according to research presented at the ECTRIMS conference in Copenhagen.
A German study showed that patients taking an average of 5.2 Sativex sprays each day for 4 to 6 weeks had no loss of driving ability. lt also had no effect on cognition or mood. MS spascitiy and spasms improved and the drug was said to be well tolerated.
Sativex has the ‘euphoria’ part removed.
The reason l like this med, so much, is l did try Baclofen and Tizanidine - and both these meds left me like a cabbage. l could hardly think straight - let alone not able to get up out of a chair. And that was on a low dose. Both these meds say you should not operate machinery or drive. When l first asked about trying Sativex - my GP - said you would not be able to drive whilst taking it. And l said - Well l certainly can’t drive taking Baclofen or Tizanidine - ln fact l would not be able to get up and out to the car. So l have only taken my Sativex in the evening when l am at home - never taken it if l am going to drive anywhere - just in case. So this news that says it does not effect driving ability - will not make a difference - as l will not drive whilst under the ‘influence’ of any drug. Amitriptyline included.
My driving license means a lot to me - so does my full no claim.
Do ask your GP/Neuro if you can be prescibed Sativex. The cost is nothing like many other drugs that pwms are prescribed.
l take 3-4 sprays a day.