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Muscle Relaxants That Are Not Addictive
Tonic Water: Try drinking 2-3oz of schwepps tonic water and it will help with your cramps. You can find it at any grocery or liquor store. ...Read more
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
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
Can there be some strong muscle relaxants that are not anti depressants and not herbal remedies as they have no effect thanks?
How do some drugs that are muscle relaxants cause convulsions as side effects? Doesn't that contradict itself?
That's true:: The main function of that drug is to Relax the muscles, for which its generally used; BUT, as any drug, it might have a side effect (in some individuals) of causing convulsions. In majority patients it does it job, but in some of us, due to how it is metabolized, it can cause side effects. Hope that clarifies it for you. Good Luck. ...Read more
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Are there any other muscle relaxers than Cyclobenzaprine? I'm not sure it help my chronic back pain.
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
ADHD Meds: Medication options for ADHD include no medications that are truly physically addictive. There is a lot of hype about ADHD diagnosis and treatment options. The best science information says medication options are effective and safe. So Concerta, Vyvanse, Adderall etc worth considering to name just a few. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are some ways of relieving muscle spasms that don't involve Rx relaxers? Are there any OTC meds, supplements or foods that can help somewhat?
Do corticosteroid shots relax muscles? If not, are there reliable injectable muscle relaxants other than Botox or Dysport?
Are there any muscle relaxant medications that do not cause drowsiness or tummy upset? for back pain, thanks
I'm afraid not: Tizanidine is the least likely to cause drowsiness (50% of people taking it get sleepy). The trade-off is that it's less proven to help acute back pain than cyclobenzaprine which seems to make almost everyone drowsy. Baclofen is just as bad. I usually recommend cyclobenzaprine at the 5mg dose taken just at bedtime for those who find it overly sedating during the day. Usually short-term use only ...Read more
Narcotic Withdrawal: Some signs of withdrawal are: - body aches - shaking - nausea/vomiting - insomnia - diarrhea getting over withdrawal there is a decrease in the intensity of their signs and symptoms. To get over the symptoms nsaids like ibuprofen/motrin can help with body aches, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with insomnea and nausea. Immodium helps diarrhea. Your dr. Also help. Hospitalization sometimes is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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