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A 42-year-old female asked:

My anxiety seems to feel better with a muscle relaxant then ativan (lorazepam). why is that and are muscle relaxants not addictive like benzos are?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 51 years experience
Some are: Muscle relaxants come from several different chemical classes. Some, like methocarbamol (Robaxin) and cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) do not cause tolerance and withdrawal, while others (benzodiazepines and carisoprodol or Soma) are kinds of chemicals that cause receptors to re-regulate, resulting in tolerance and withdrawal. Most muscle relaxants are sedating and will help anxiety.
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