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Muscle Relaxers For Ibs
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?
Prescribed two different muscle relaxers Valium and flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) severe lumbar muscle spasm. Which is better? Stronger? Fast acting?
I have both robaxin and zanaflex (tizanidine).One was for bladder spasm other for muscle pain. Which would be better for knotted muscles & soreness in abs/ribs.
Here are some...: Both drugs share similar mechanism and indication to ease musculoskeletal pain as well as have similar profile of side effects. Before succumbing to their long-term use, ask the treating doctor about why you have had the pain - if physically related or of unknown cause? Based on such, formulate a long-term plan of caring your pain. And behavioral modification & physical therapy are the first line. ...Read more
What are some effective muscle relaxers that would work well for spasms caused by multiple hnp? Tried tizanidine, skelaxin (metaxalone) and baclofen with no luck
Muscles: Nsaid's (anti-inflammatory meds) block certain prostaglandins that are necessary for muscles to grow, and possibly recover, so indirectly yes, they could cause risk of atrophy. Muscle relaxants work mostly on nervous system, so primarily indirect impact - primarily if used to reduce pain, it is the lack of use that causes atrophy. Any direct impact on muscle would depend on specific drug. ...Read more
Hum: In rheumatoid arthritis you might have for other reason inflammation , but muscle contraction is really not a feature of rheumatoid arthritis , flexure contracture might occurs , that are reducciton on the lengh of the tendons with dys functionallity those have to be evaluated and specific therapy instituted. Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis suffer of fybromyalgia, and have contractures. ...Read more
Sure: Fibromyalgia has muscle pain as a prominent feature. Not all of the pain is due to spasm but spasm often occurs. Amrix will help with the spasm. For the muscle pain that is not spasm, a gentle but progressive exercise program is best. Weight loss if necessary helps also. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
GI muscle meds: A twisted gut is a surgical situation and should always be considered an emergency that requires medical intervention, not pills. Muscle relaxants are generally used for skeletal muscle spasm and will not affect the smooth muscles in the gut. Anti cholinergics such as atropine, bentyl, (dicyclomine) or donna tol may slow the cramping sensation. Also CNS depressants relax both skeletal and smooth muscle. ...Read more
Have fibro and arthritis uppper arms muscle spasms would cymbalta help more than lyrica (pregabalin) need pain med?
Apples & oranges: While both medications have indications from the fda for the treatment of fibromyalgia, they are very different. Cymbalta is an serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor also indicated for the treatment of major depression as well as generalized anxiety disorder. Lyrica (pregabalin) works through GABA and is also indicated for seizure disorder. Your physician should be able to help you decide. ...Read more
Not typically: Not usually. Muscle relaxants relax muscle spasms in skeletal muscles, which are not a real common cause of stomach cramps. The GI system uses what is known as smooth muscles to propel food through, and there are also many more common non muscle related causes of stomach cramping as well, such as for example irritable bowel syndrome. Consider being checked. ...Read more
Can mediazolan and diazepam used to treat muscle spasms cause muscle spasms or other movement disorders?
Muscle Spasms: Both drugs are in the benzodiazepine class but Midazolam is short acting and primarily used as a premedication for anesthesia. Diazepam (valium) is a longer acting version that I use for postoperative muscle spasm in the hospital but avoid following discharge due to the addiction potential for this longer acting version. There are other options for movement disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Muscle spasms in back for 6.5 years. Have tried muscle relaxers, NSAIDs, magnesium, massage, nothing has fixed. Is this issue neurological in nature?
Is it safe to take oxycontin, 20mg ER tab twice a day, for my IBS with pain. For smooth muscle relaxant and pain with spasms. Could i go to 30mg.?
Ask your doc: All medication changes especially when dealing with a controlled substance should be discussed with your physician. Medication to medication interactions, medication side effects, and your specific medical conditions must all be taken into account in order to advise you properly. ...Read more
Sedation: Most muscle relaxers do little to actually relax muscles. They cause mild sedation and thus allow patients to "relax" more. This sedation effect/ side-effect often limits dosing. Try other forms of relaxation (yoga, prayer, reading, etc) and practice good sleep hygiene for a better way to get some rest if that's a problem ...Read more
Depends: Depends on which muscle relaxer, dose, and the weeks of gestation. Also depends on how many times you took the medicine. Please provide more info. ...Read more
Need more info: I'm not sure what you are asking. Please be more specific ...Read more
Sphincter or Bladder: The sleep medication or muscle relaxation can cause a relaxation in the sphincter, which is very short in women. When the sphincter relaxes too much, the urine can't be stored and leakage then results. There are other causes, including overactive bladder, 'spasm' of the bladder at night, and rarer causes. Adjusting the medications and a urology consult would be advisable. ...Read more
Yes: Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is a direct muscle relaxing medication, and often makes people drowsy. Taking at night before bed is a good idea. Tramadol is not a muscle relaxer; it acts in the brain as a non-narcotic pain blocker. It also can make some people drowsy. If you have responsibilities at night, such as caring for small children, the elderly, or need to awake suddenly for your job, try it on the weekend. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Call your doctor: Multiple muscle relaxers can cause unwanted side effects such as severe sedation and fatigue. I recommend you call your doctor for clarification on which medicines to take and how often. ...Read more
Cure Difficult: Some attention to finding out the cause of your spasm is necessary. Cures are difficult of most causes of muscle spasm but with attention to local conditions like trigger points, the use of therapeutic exercise such demonstrated by a physical therapist can be valuable. Also, don't overlook, activity like yoga or pilates which over time can help tremendously. ...Read more
muscle relaxers? Why do doctors say they do nothing to relax muscles that they just make you sleep? So why are they call muscle relaxers then?
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