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Is There An Over The Counter Treatment For Muscle Spasm
It depend: Fortunately, muscle strains usually heal with time in a couple of days or weeks because muscles in the lower back have a good blood supply to bring the necessary nutrients and proteins for healing to take place.If the pain is severe, the patient may be advised to rest, but for no more than one to two days. Pain medications and applying ice or heat may all help alleviate the pain. ...Read more
Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more
Is there any OTC or home treatment that is effective for relieving chronic muscle spasms in the calves?
No: Not that i know of.Get a more detailed answer ›
We call these NSAIDs: Aleve, advil and Motrin are the most popular brand names (ibuprofen and naproxen, the generics) and each works well. Aleve is the easiest to use since you take one twice a day but that doesn't make it better. Different people metabolize the active ingredients slightly differently and so find they have a preference. See which you like best. See a doctor if you need any for more than a week. ...Read more
Not sure what: muscle spasms in the stomach mean. Do you mean abdominal muscles on the outside, cramping and pain worsening with movement? Then ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) should work. For intestinal pains, you can try Bentyl or Beano. I'm not familiar enough with the herbal medicines to make recommendations. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
Exercise: Usually will heal with rest and time. ...Read more
Chronic pain remedy: Chronic pain is best treated using pain management therapies from a pain specialist as well as engaging in alternative therapies such as yoga or tai chi to help with balance, stretching, feldenkrais, physical therapy, high doses of fish oil, arnica, and eating an anti inflammatory diet. Regular acupuncture and massage can help as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends . . .: This must be addressed w/your family doc or pain management doc. Over-the-counter NSAIDs like Ibuprofen & Naproxen as dosed less than prescription versions. For instance, Ibuprofen is prescribed at 400mg, 600mg & 800mg. There are many prescription NSAIDs just like there are many cars. It's a matter of finding best for you. Depending upon pain, consider epilepsy drugs, capsaicin or lidocaine. ...Read more
What is the best medicine to help/relieve arthritis in the knees? Is there an over-the-counter medicine or a perscription medicine?
Unfortunatelly : Unfortunatelly , medicine is not so simple. Many things have to be considered, the age, sex, diagnosis, weight physycal activity etcetc . The diagnosis is very important , all knee pains are not due to the same thing , and thus are not cured the same way, whay could be good for somebody may be totally wrong for somebody else. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a usual prescription pain medication that is good for a pulled or torn calf muscle, or simply use ibuprofen, etc.?
Nsaids: No, they all similar profiles a,nd actions ...Read more
Many options: There are many options and the answer depends upon the type of pain you are treating. Musculoskeletal pain responds well to biofreeze and tiger balm. Inflammatory conditions respond to voltaren (diclofenac) gel. Nerve type pain responds to Lidoderm patches. This is my experience, other docs may have other suggestions. ...Read more
Ringworm: Tinea corporis --ringworm of the body // capitis = head can be treated with otc lotrimin (clotrimazole). It is necessary, to keep scalp clean, perhaps with an anti dandruff shampoo.Years ago tar shampoos helped this condition stress can make it worse.But please be checked for high blood sugar -diabetes mellitus, hot sweaty work environments contribute. Some pts skin seems to allow easier infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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