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Can diazepam be used as a muscle relaxant? Would a doctor prescribe it for that?

Can diazepam be used as a muscle relaxant? Would a doctor prescribe it for that?

Can be: There are no good muscle relaxants- think about it-if you take a pill that hits all your muscles and made them relax (not contract) you would be too weak to stand. All meds are a compromise to try to decrease spasms, but not be too dangerous. Diazepam (valium) is one that can be used in this manner. But must be used carefully as people can become dependant upon it. Short term use (days) only. ...Read more

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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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My urgent care doctor gave me 10 mg diazepam for muscle relaxant. I have serious insomnia and take zolpidem regularly. The diazepam.has not made me real sleepy. My sleep med is 12.5 can I go ahead and take it. It has been about 3 hours since I took diazep

My urgent care doctor gave me 10 mg diazepam for muscle relaxant. I have serious insomnia and take zolpidem regularly. The diazepam.has not made me real sleepy. My sleep med is 12.5 can I go ahead and take it. It has been about 3 hours since I took diazep

Insomnia, Anxiety: You deserve good sleep and feeling rested in the morning! Even 10mg dose of Diazepam has not relieved your anxiety. Zolpidem is a medication for sleep problem; it has lost its effectiveness as you have been using it regularly. Your serious insomnia is likely due to Anxiety and Depression due to stresses in life. See a Psychiatrist for Therapy, Medication, Breathing Relaxation and Visual Imagery. ...Read more

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Why did my doctor prescribe muscle relaxants? I need pain relief!

Why did my doctor prescribe muscle relaxants? I need pain relief!

Pain is complicated!: There are several types of pain including nerve pain and muscle pain. Although they often feel the same to a patient, a doctor knows that trying to clarify the type of pain often points to a more helpful solution. Muscle relaxants are often more effective than pain killers and so can be more appropriate for certain types of pain. ...Read more

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How many days taking diazepam as a muscle relaxant is it safe to drink alcohol?

How many days  taking  diazepam as a muscle relaxant is it safe to drink alcohol?

Depends: Do you mean how long after you stop taking the diazepam can you drink alcohol? Depends. How long were you on it? The half life of the active metabolite of diazepam is about 100hrs. Normally want to give 4-5 half lives after last dose was given to assure no significant amount of med left in your system. 400-500 hours which is about 2.5- 3 weeks. Now if you took it longer then even more time. ...Read more

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I've been prescribed clonazepam (2mg, muscle relaxant) for many years and I need to get off because of deteriorating health. What specialist would be best ? A different doctor answered 'a psychiatrist' but in my experience most don't have a clue.

I've been prescribed clonazepam (2mg, muscle relaxant) for many years and I need to get off because of deteriorating health. What specialist would be best ? A different doctor answered 'a psychiatrist' but in my experience most don't have a clue.

Clonazepam tapering: I commend you for your decision to let go off Clonazepam. I understand that you have not had good experience with the Physicians. Please find a good Psychiatrist for: • Diagnosis • Monitoring any withdrawal symptoms from decreasing Clonazepam, • Diagnosis of side effects • Management of side effects • Therapy for stresses of life. ...Read more

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My doctor told me that green tea is a natural muscle relaxant? Are there any other foods that are?

My doctor told me that green tea is a natural muscle relaxant? Are there any other foods that are?

Not foods bur herbs: Vervain is a wild herb rosemary a common spice catnip a herb cats go wild for kava root a powerful muscle relaxer. ...Read more

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What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?

See below: I avoid Soma as it is essentially a tranquilizer, not a muscle relaxer. Both Zanaflex and Flexeril are good medications. There best one is the one that works best for you. Other options (less sedating) are Baclofen and skelaxin (metaxalone). ...Read more

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Painful spasms or cramps in both legs since two days. Taken muscle relaxant ( methocarbamol) as per doctor's advice but pain is still same. Causes?

Painful spasms or cramps  in both legs since two days. Taken muscle relaxant ( methocarbamol) as per doctor's advice but pain is still same. Causes?

Electrolytes: If the medicine is not helping, you can stop it. Did your MD check your electrolyte levels? Are you dehydrated? what is your exercise level? The cause of your cramps and spasms should be established before continuing any medication that is not helping. ...Read more

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Tension headache (from neck) for over 3 months now and have been to doctor. What will help for the pain and headaches other than muscle relaxants?

Tension headache (from neck) for over 3 months now and have been to doctor. What will help for the pain and headaches other than muscle relaxants?

Several things: One thing that could help is finding an osteopathic physician who does gentle manipulation (not chiropractic high-velocity neck cracking) to work with you. http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-dos/about-osteopathic-medicine/pages/default.aspx massage could help also. Additionally, using some guided imagery: http://www.Healthjourneys.Com/product_detail.Aspx?Id=12&mcid=6&catid=. ...Read more

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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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Diazepam (Definition)

Diazepam belongs to the benzo family and has a long 1/2 life in the body. It is used for anxiety and muscle spasms. Neuro docs like to use it for patients with ms and stroke for muscle relaxation. It can also be used rectally for ...Read more