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Skelaxin Muscle Relaxant
Sometimes: It has value for some people and is ineffective for others. You cannot tell until you try it. ...Read more
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
Possibly: Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is believed to work through the central nervous system to have a relaxant effect on skeletal muscles, so since the intercostal muscles and diaphragm are skeletal muscles, Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) may have an effect on them as well. Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) also has a general sedative effect, so the net result would likely be mild slowing/relaxation of breathing. ...Read more
Non -Steroidal: Meloxicam (Mobic) is a prescription strength non steroidal anti inflammatory medicine. Specifically inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins (PGAs) by blocking COX-1 &2 enzyme. Technically not in the muscle relaxer family. However it may indirectly cause relief of muscle cramps/ spasms by inhibiting the PGAs responsible for muscle cramps etc. DO NOT use this product more than 10 days -2 weeks. ...Read more
Yes: This can occur with many medications including these two different types of muscle relaxants but this incidence is typically low. With physician supervision, discontinuation of these medications for moderate length may help determine whether the drug is the culprit or that you require further cardiac testing. ...Read more
Prescribed two different muscle relaxers Valium and flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) severe lumbar muscle spasm. Which is better? Stronger? Fast acting?
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
Few differences : Both Methocarbamol ( robaxin) and flexaril( cyclobenzaprine) are muscle relaxants. Exact mechanism of action is unknown, but both are most probably centrally acting muscle relaxants. Robaxin (methocarbamol) has a short half life of 1-2 hrs. And is usually given 4 times a day. Flexeril's half life is 18 hrs (range of 8-37 hrs) and is metabolized mainly by the hepatic cyp450. Flexeril is more sedative. ...Read more
What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?
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
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
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