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I suffer with tmj are there any other meds except for diazepam that can help me?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
NSAIDs, acetaminophe: Diazepam helps as a muscle relaxer, and antianxiety med- can decrease grinding as a nervous response. Nsaids e.g. Ibuprofen, are good pain relievers; Acetaminophen can help too. Check with dentist that bite isn't off kilter. Mouth guards (usually custom made-doesn't mean expensive) can be helpful. Avoiding chewy foods, e.g. Gum, bagels can help. Warm compresses can help. Stress reduction helps.
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Yes, many: Diazepam is a benzodiazepine muscle relaxant, which can effectively treat some of the muscle spasms associated with TMJ problems. However, it has lots of side effects, including drowsiness and addiction. Other effective muscle relaxants include cyclobenzaprine, Methocarbamol and carisoprodol. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen) are also useful in the treatment of tmd's.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Meds short term: Meds manage pain and spasm short term. Fora long term solution, fix the problem with your bite.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Meds mask: I have long been an advocate of treating without meds. Many of my new patients come into my office already over medicated. I cannot ethically tell them to quit taking the meds, but i can try and offer other potential solutions that try to get to the source of their ailments rather than treating just the symptoms.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Many, but: Many: Acetaminopen (Tylenol), NSAID, muscle relaxants, anti-depressants, topical anesthetics, nerve pain meds, narcotic pain meds. But, see a TMJ expert for advice besides meds. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

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