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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Side effect of muscle relaxer?

Side effect of muscle relaxer?

Depends: How about a range starting with minor itch going all the way to choking to death. Pretty horrible, huh? Yeh. I agree, call the md tomorrow. Then you can truly ''relax''. Sorry, couldn't help it. ...Read more

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Can I take muscle relaxer for tmj?

Can I take muscle relaxer for tmj?

Short term: Drugs provide momentary relief, but fail to address the underlying reason for the muscle pain. ...Read more

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Can u mix clozopam with muscle relaxer?

Clonazepam?: It's important to know if you are referring to Clonazepam or clozapine. You can always do an online med interaction check (on epocrates.Com) if you are unsure. Also, your medication information sheet should list some of the medication classes that interact. ...Read more

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Does a muscle relaxer help with anxiety?

Does a muscle relaxer help with anxiety?

Exposure therapy: Find a therapist specializing in treating panic disorder. Especially helpful is exposure based therapy, where gradually, w/ the therapist's guidance, you repeatedly face the feared situations & symptoms of panic, along w/ relaxation techniques. Doing this over time, the physical sensations that accompany the panic feeling will no longer trigger a panic attack. Muscle relaxers not a good solution. ...Read more

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Can i take amberen with a muscle relaxer?

Ambien (zolpidem)?: You could take both together but remember that the muscle relaxer can also cause drowsiness which will exacerbate the effects of ambien (zolpidem). ...Read more

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Can I take a 5mg muscle relaxer with 800mg ibuprophen?

Can I take a 5mg muscle relaxer with 800mg ibuprophen?

Probably: Depends on the muscle relaxer. If you mean Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) (cyclobenzaprine), it should be fine to take with ibuprofen. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more