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Need doctor's help! Will muscle relaxers help anxiety?

Need doctor's help! Will muscle relaxers help anxiety?

In only one way: Standard muscle relaxants will only help relieve the muscle tension component of anxiety. That in another itself may be a considerable relief. Best wishes. They will not however relieve the core symptoms of the anxiety disorder. ...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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I have pvcs often and I was put on Paxil (paroxetine) 40 mg for them and the anxiety I get with them. I'm prehypertension. Are muscle relaxers safe to take with?

I have pvcs often and I was put on Paxil (paroxetine) 40 mg for them and the anxiety I get with them. I'm prehypertension. Are muscle relaxers safe to take with?

Paxil (paroxetine) effects: Paxil (paroxetine) in not a medication for PVC
It can cause Anxiety and Palpitations.
Let Wise Woman within you ask:
•Anxiety due to PVC
•Anxiety due to Paxil (paroxetine)
•Anxiety due to Stresses in life
•Prehypertension due to stress
•Lack of response to High Dose of Paxil (paroxetine) 40mg/day
•Need for muscle relaxers if tension is due to stress
•Need to see Psychiatrist to decrease dose of Paxil (paroxetine) and
•Therapy
• Breathing Relaxation ...Read more

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I take Xanax for anxiety, I have pinched nerve in neck, what muscle relaxers are safe to take w/xanax and buspar (buspirone)?

I take Xanax for anxiety, I have pinched nerve in neck, what muscle relaxers are safe to take w/xanax and buspar (buspirone)?

Try a Neck Pro: Neck pro is an ingenious cerivical traction device developed by an er doc for his neck pain (usually the result of cervical disk disease or osteoarthritis). You can purchase this on amazon. Com for ~$60. Have used it myself and on multiple patients with excellent results. Don't use if you have osteoporosis or neurological symptoms. Works best on chronic pain. Sometimes on acute symptoms. ...Read more

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The doc said to take clonzaepam for anxiety, citalpram for panic attacks and anxiety. I have been taking muscle relaxers to ease tension in my upper back. Thought?

The doc said to take clonzaepam for anxiety, citalpram for panic attacks and anxiety. I have been taking muscle relaxers to ease tension in my upper back. Thought?

Be Wise With Meds: Clonazepam and citalopram are reasonable medicines for anxiety and panic. There can be possible issues with dependence if Clonazepam is used over the long term so you would need to be careful about that. Also, the medicine you are currently taking for your back in combination with Clonazepam could result in increased sedation. It would be a good idea to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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I havnt been sleep that good lately and have been trouble sleeping at night, that why they put me on muscle relaxers. I got put on citlapram for panic attacks and clonazepram for anxiety and trazadone as needed for sleep.?

I havnt been sleep that good lately and have been trouble sleeping at night, that why they put me on muscle relaxers. I got put on citlapram for panic attacks and clonazepram for anxiety and trazadone as needed for sleep.?

What is U question: Insomnia can have many causes, sleep hygiene is important for treating insomnia. It is ok to take sleeping medications if needed, but remember to take them on as needed basis. If u take them daily u body can get used to it. Remember trazadone can cause orthostatic hypotension, so if u wake up at night before standing up sit down a littlebit. ...Read more

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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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In addition to opiates for chronic pain would klonopin (clonazepam) or Valium be better for anxiety & muscle relaxant? Or take something different 4 both ailments?

In addition to opiates for chronic pain would klonopin (clonazepam) or Valium be better for anxiety & muscle relaxant? Or take something different 4 both ailments?

Consult Pain Doctor: This decision should be made with the expert help of a pain physician. Using multiple medications may be an option, but should be taken with the guidance of a professional. ...Read more

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Can opiates cause anxiety? Am on Percocet, Dilaudid & muscle relaxant for severe leg pain. Outlook for healing is good yet I am very anxious. Thanks.

Opiates effects: Thank you for informing about Kidney and Ureter stones, Anemia and Insomnia.
Dilaudid can cause Anxiety,
Both Percocet and Dilaudid are narcotic pain medications and can be habit forming.
Anxiety can be due to your Kidney and Ureter stones, stresses of relationship, marriage, separation, loneliness and finances.
See Urologist for Diagnosis.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy, Pain Management, Relaxation ...Read more

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Can muscle relaxers be addicting?

Can muscle relaxers be addicting?

Perhaps habituating: Most muscle relaxant medications have little addiction or habituation risk. However, Soma (carisoprodol) or carisoprodal does metabolize to "miltown", an older sedative that was prone to abuse and definitely habit forming. And people do vary sharply in their responses to these types of medicines. If you feel there is a problem stopping or altering a dose, discuss at length with your doctor. ...Read more

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How does muscle relaxers get you high?

Muscle relaxer, high: It should not be high, it might be semi-sedated feeling induced by muscle relaxer. ...Read more

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Can ther be big modd swings from muscle relaxers?

Can ther be big modd swings from muscle relaxers?

Yes: Muscle relaxers depress or calm the nervous system. Some can be habit forming, too. Take only as directed under your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of prescribed muscle relaxers?

What are the side effects of prescribed muscle relaxers?

Muscle relaxer meds: This is in response to your question about common side effects. Medicines known as muscle relaxers often cause symptoms of sleepiness or drowsiness, and sometimes weakness or nausea. ...Read more

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Do muscle relaxers thin your blood?

Do muscle relaxers thin your blood?

Generally not: "muscle relaxants" actually don't act directly on muscle. They are basically sedatives that act on your brain, and come in many different unrelated medicinal forms. So if you are suspicious of one specific medication, i'd suggest first asking your pharmacist. ...Read more

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Do muscle relaxers work for a curved spine?

Do muscle relaxers work for a curved spine?

Helpful: Deserves a try if muscle spasms interfere with work or sleep. I like non-sedating skelaxin (metaxalone) 800 mg or orphedrine la100 mg for aa woman your age. ...Read more

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Can they make muscle relaxers in liquid form for tmj?

Muscle relaxers: Muscle relaxers can come in liquid form but they may not be the best answer to your TMJ problems. First question is have you been diagnosed with tmd or with myofascial pain disorder or bruxism, yadayadayada. It would be better to treat the problem rather than the symptom. A good dental visit should be able to direct you accordingly. I hope it feels better soon. ...Read more

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Do muscle relaxers or pain killers cause hot cold flashes?

Do muscle relaxers or pain killers cause hot cold flashes?

They can: These medications have several side effects. If taking these medications are new to you and you did not have these symptoms prior to starting them, then it is likely that they are side effects. The question is which medication is causing them. The only way to know is to consider stopping one of them at a time to see if the side effects improve. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Do muscle relaxers help with a injured sternocleidomastoid?

Maybe a little: Muscle injuries generally respond well to ice, rest, stretching, and time. Medications like nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc...) can help decrease inflammation in and around the muscle. Muscle relaxers can sometimes be helpful, but have the undesirable side effects of drowsiness and sometimes disorientation. Consult with your physician to decide what combination of treatments is best for you. ...Read more

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Can prescription muscle relaxers be taken on a daily basis?

Muscle relaxers: Muscle relaxers may be taken every day, but they can be addictive if used too often, so take them only as prescribed and needed. ...Read more

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I have knots all over neck and shoulder areas that VERY painful. Massage, pt, muscle relaxers don't help. Thoughts on dry needling?

I have knots all over neck and shoulder areas that VERY painful. Massage, pt, muscle relaxers don't help. Thoughts on dry needling?

Dry needling: Can be a little uncomfortable but is definitely useful for this problem. Acupuncture in general can offer many, approaches (including dry needling). You may respond well to Gua Sha (Scraping). Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a large knot in the lower left side of my back it is causing excruciating pain. Muscle relaxers and pain pills aren't working what is this?

I have a large knot in the lower left side of my back it is causing excruciating pain. Muscle relaxers and pain pills aren't working what is this?

Trigger Point/Spasm: This is likely a trigger point or a localized muscle spasm. Oftentimes TENS, acupuncture, massage, or trigger point injections can be of significant relief. I recommend that you seek out an acupuncturist or an interventional pain specialist for treatment. ...Read more

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Best muscle relaxers for muscle pain?

Ask your PCP: Various drugs have been developed to affect the muscle contraction. Commonly used centrally acting muscle relaxants includes Lioresal, Soma, Flexeril, Skelaxin, (metaxalone) and Robaxin. Infrequently used muscle relaxants include Norflex) and Zanaflex. Many side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, headache and lethargy. Ask your PCP to adjust the medication for your needs. ...Read more

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What muscle relaxers delay your period?

What muscle relaxers delay your period?

Unlikely side effect: Most muscle relaxers, when taken as prescribed, should not affect your period. Follow up with the doctor that prescribed your medications to evaluate for a reaction. ...Read more

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Would muscle relaxers affect menstruation?

Would muscle relaxers affect menstruation?

Should not!: But some that are centrally acting like tizatidine and Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) can cause menstrual disturbances! ...Read more

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Can you die from muscle relaxers?

Not likely: If you take the medication as directed by your physician then you likely be ok. ...Read more

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Can you get high off muscle relaxers?

Can you get high off muscle relaxers?

Muscle relaxers: Most muscle relaxers produce a sedative type of fact. I suppose you could interpret this as getting high. ...Read more

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What are some good OTC muscle relaxers?

See below: There really aren't any over the counter muscle relaxers. A good way to naturally relax your muscles would be the application of moist heat, a warm bath, or massage therapy. ...Read more

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Can muscle relaxers interfere with memory?

Can muscle relaxers interfere with memory?

Perhaps: Most muscle relaxers have anti-cholinergic side effects, and this can result to memory issues in the elderly, people with alzheimer's disease, and even in a few sensitive otherwise normal folks. Talk to your doctor about what is occurring. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more