A member 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?

8 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Alan Wartenberg answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

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.

Answered Sep 14, 2018


Dr. Judith Tellerman answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Best to discuss medication with your Psychiatrist. If uncomfortable with your Dr. consult another for a second opinion. Have a physical exam by a Dr. to determine if you have a physical illness. Consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy with ZOOM sessions. Fears and anxiety could be heightened due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay safe & hopeful to elevate your immune system.

Answered Dec 25, 2020



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