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Doctor insights on: Muscle Relaxants That Are Not Addictive

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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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Can you tell me of any topical muscle relaxants that are sold over the counter?

Can you tell me of any topical muscle relaxants that are sold over the counter?

There's none: Only thing close is an nsaid, otc. If a big concern, seek advice from ur pcp. ...Read more

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Can there be some strong muscle relaxants that are not anti depressants and not herbal remedies as they have no effect thanks?

Can there be some strong muscle relaxants that are not anti depressants and not herbal remedies as they have no effect thanks?

Yes there are: There are such medicines, such as valium, baclofen, robaxin, (methocarbamol) etc. Your family physician may want you to see a neurologist, pain medicine specialist, or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, though. ...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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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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_relaxant ...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?

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 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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What do you suggest if my girlfriend is suffering effects from muscle relaxants?

What do you suggest if my girlfriend is suffering effects from muscle relaxants?

What is she taking: Check and find out what muscle relaxers your girlfriend is taking and see if you can get her to stop ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between deplorizing and non-deplorizing muscle relaxants ?

Please help! what is the difference between deplorizing and non-deplorizing muscle relaxants ?

Most of these are-: -used in surgery to paralyze you while you are under anesthesia. They can be reversed by antagonist meds before you wake up. Some just paralyze you & some cause muscle contraction, & then you are paralyzed. Not the same as muscle relaxants that you take orally. Google it there are books written about them. ...Read more

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Do OTC muscle relaxants work for back pain?

Yes: I prefer non sedating relaxants and my favorite is robaxin (methocarbamol) if there are no contraindications. ...Read more

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Most effective. Muscle relaxants for chronic. L4-l5 pain?

Most effective. Muscle relaxants for chronic. L4-l5 pain?

Physical therapy: 1st go see your family doc for evaluation. Need to make sure no other reason for low back pain. 2nd consult physical therapist for activities to improve strength, flexibility & posture to minimize aggravation. 3rd consider Acetaminophen if liver is ok, nsaids if stomach & kidneys are ok. Narcotics & muscle relaxants can lead to confusion & addiction, thus are best avoided in long run. See pain doc. ...Read more

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Injectable muscle relaxants that provide good relief. Nor flex I'm allergic to?

Diazepam: Many muscle relaxants we use are used primarily in the oral form. Diazepam is a benzodiazepine and comes in oral and injectable forms and is a good muscle relaxant, but can be addictive. May want to discuss options with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do some drugs that are muscle relaxants cause convulsions as side effects? Doesn't that contradict itself?

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

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


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