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How do muscle relaxants work?

How do muscle relaxants work?

Two kinds: Those used in surgery for paralysis and those used for pain indications on a PRN (as needed) basis:

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Relaxant (Definition)

A relaxant generally refers to a pharmaceutical that either relieves muscles tension or spasm (e.g. Robaxin, (methocarbamol) soma), relieves anxiety and helps one relax (such as xanax). One can become dependent on anti-anxiety medications when used for prolonged periods of time, high dosages used. These drugs must be managed by a medical professional, and if taking for months, should ...Read more


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How do polarising and depolarising muscle relaxants differ?

How do polarising and depolarising muscle relaxants differ?

Ask your: Anesthesiologist about it, as they are the ones who use these drugs routinely.
You'll be meeting him/her before the surgery.
Good luck and best wishes for 2014. ...Read more

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My gf is suffering effects from muscle relaxants. Should she stop them?

My gf is suffering effects from muscle relaxants. Should she stop them?

Let me understand: What side effects she have?
If there are serious ones of course should ask her Doctor to give her something different. ...Read more

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I'm scared to take my muscle relaxant?

I'm scared to take my muscle relaxant?

What is your fear?: Why are you scared? What do you think will happen? ...Read more

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Why do muscle relaxants give me strange dreams?

Why do muscle relaxants give me strange dreams?

Side effect: Not an uncommon complaint especially if mixed with nit depressant medication. ...Read more

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Which muscle relaxant for twisted intestine?

Which muscle relaxant for twisted intestine?

GI muscle meds: A twisted gut is a surgical situation and should always be considered an emergency that requires medical intervention, not pills. Muscle relaxants are generally used for skeletal muscle spasm and will not affect the smooth muscles in the gut. Anti cholinergics such as atropine, bentyl, (dicyclomine) or donna tol may slow the cramping sensation. Also CNS depressants relax both skeletal and smooth muscle. ...Read more

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Is norgesic a muscle relaxant?

Is norgesic a muscle relaxant?

Norgesic was: A combination of aspirin/caffeine/orphenadrine. Orphenadrine is a muscle relaxant. There are no brands of Norgesic available, this drug was discontinued. ...Read more

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Okay to take norgesic (muscle relaxant)?

Okay to take norgesic (muscle relaxant)?

Norgesic: There are no brands of Norgesic available, this drug was discontinued. You should always consult your physician when making decisions about your medication and health. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can gabapentin be used as a muscle relaxant?

Can gabapentin be used as a muscle relaxant?

Not really: gabapentin is generally used for neuropathic pain, such as diabetic neuropathic pain. It is not likely to be effective as a muscle relaxant since it is unlikely to relieve muscle spasm. ...Read more

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How soon does magnesium citrate work as a muscle relaxant?

How soon does magnesium citrate work as a muscle relaxant?

Hours: You'd have to take a lot of it though and you'd be limited by diarrhea at doses over 400 mg. ...Read more

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Do antiinflammatories and muscle relaxants cause muscle atrophy?

Do antiinflammatories and muscle relaxants cause muscle atrophy?

Muscles: Nsaid's (anti-inflammatory meds) block certain prostaglandins that are necessary for muscles to grow, and possibly recover, so indirectly yes, they could cause risk of atrophy. Muscle relaxants work mostly on nervous system, so primarily indirect impact - primarily if used to reduce pain, it is the lack of use that causes atrophy. Any direct impact on muscle would depend on specific drug. ...Read more

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Safe to take norgesic muscle relaxant if you need to drive to work?

Safe to take norgesic muscle relaxant if you need to drive to work?

Probably not: Norgesic is like many other "muscle relaxants". The main ingredient is an antihistamine which can definitely cause drowsiness. I would not advise people to take this medication and then get behind the wheel. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which benzodiazepines have the best muscle relaxant properties?

They all do: Although diazepam (valium) probably has the most. However, benzos are not good choices for chronic use to relax muscles because they produce physical dependency, which means that the dose required to fix the problem gradually escalates up and up, and the results go down and down. For occasional use, they are fine, but require prescription. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is muscle relaxant okay to use when you have a headache or migraine?

Cause: I would get to the bottom of it consult a neurologist make sure it isn't something serious and also seek a neuromuscular dentist in your area who specializes in headaches/tmj. ...Read more

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How long can muscle spasms last for? Took muscle relaxant worked for a bit but now are back and stronger. I can't really walk properly im am tilted

Depends: Muscle spasms can be difficult to treat if the underlying cause cannot be determined and/or eliminated. Further, muscle spasticity after injury is also very individual and some individuals may suffer much longer than others despite adequate rest, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxant medications. ...Read more

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Could muscle relaxants delay your period?

Unlikely: It would be unlikely that a muscle relaxant would have any effect on your cycle. If you are late, you should consider taking a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Can muscle relaxants destroy muscle tissue?

Do not believe so: I am not aware of any scientific study thatprove or disprove the theory that muscle relaxants destroy muscle tissue. They are many different muscle relaxants and each one has particular side effects related to they chemical properties, however I do not believe that destroing muscle tissue is one of them. ...Read more

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What are depolarizing muscle relaxants? How do they work?

Muscle relaxants: Medications which work by blocking the chemical (acetylcholine) release by the nerve from activating the muscle to contract. Eg Botox prevents nerve ending from making the acetylcholine. Hence the muscle is prevented from contracting ...Read more

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How long should I stay on muscle relaxant?

Just a few days: Muscle relaxants can become addictive. For acute injury, they should be used for just a handful of days. Thereafter, their benefit diminishes, and they should be stopped. For certain neurological conditions long term use may be required, but should be done under close supervision with your physician. ...Read more

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Any reason why I am so scared to take my muscle relaxant?

None I kno of: If U don't need it just don't take it. Problem solved. They R 4 relief of muscle spasms or tightness. Heat, rest is a simple option ...Read more

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Are there any muscle relaxants that can be bought without a prescription?

None: Unfortunately, there are no muscle relaxants that are for over-the-counter use. If needed use OTC NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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Can ventolin be used as a muscle relaxant?

Can ventolin be used as a muscle relaxant?

Probably not.: It works on special muscles (smooth muscles, in the lungs) and not the skeletal muscles of the rest of the body. ...Read more

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Can muscle relaxants get rid of trigger points?

Trigger point TrP: A myofascial TrP is defined as a localized deep tenderness in a taut band of skeletal muscle, tendon or ligament that has the ability to refer pain to another region known as a zone of reference. The common treatments for this condition are trigger points injections, dry needling or acupressure. ...Read more

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Which drug of skeletal muscle relaxant is the best with dosage?

Cyclobenzaprine: Most muscle relaxants exert their effects centrally by diminishing the tonic flow of impulses to skeletal muscles. Because muscle relaxants also have a sedative effect, some patients may be reluctant to take them during the daytime. Cyclobenzaprine is particularly interesting for it is structurally and pharmacologically related to the tricyclic antidepressants. Hope it helps. ...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


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