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Is muscle relaxer robaxin (methocarbamol) effective?

Is muscle relaxer robaxin (methocarbamol) effective?

Sometimes: It has value for some people and is ineffective for others. You cannot tell until you try it. ...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


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Will flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) relax lung musles?

Will flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) relax lung musles?

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

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Is Meloxicam a muscle relaxer?

Is  Meloxicam a muscle relaxer?

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

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Can muscle relaxant such as Soma or skelaxin (metaxalone) cause tacycardia?

Can muscle relaxant such as Soma or skelaxin (metaxalone) cause tacycardia?

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

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Is norgesic a muscle relaxant?

Norgesic was: a combination of aspirin/caffeine/orphenadrine. Orphenadrine is a muscle relaxant. There are no brands of Norgesic available, this drug was discontinued. ...Read more

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Is motrin a muscle relaxer?

Is motrin a muscle relaxer?

No: It may relieve the discomfort of a strained or otherwise sore muscle. ...Read more

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Best muscle relaxers for muscle pain?

Best muscle relaxers for muscle pain?

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 more

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What's the difference between flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) and methocarbamol muscle relaxers?

What's the difference between flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) and methocarbamol muscle relaxers?

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

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Are skelaxin (metaxalone) and Soma similar?

Are skelaxin (metaxalone) and Soma similar?

Similar: Both medications are considered muscle relaxants. Skelaxin(metaxalone) and soma( carisprodol) are used for acute pain and muscle spasm. Sometimes people will use the medication more chronically. However, Soma (carisoprodol) does have the potential for abuse. ...Read more

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What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?

What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?

See below: I avoid Soma as it is essentially a tranquilizer, not a muscle relaxer. Both Zanaflex and Flexeril are good medications. There best one is the one that works best for you. Other options (less sedating) are Baclofen and skelaxin (metaxalone). ...Read more

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Is Zanaflex (tizanidine) stronger than Flexeril?

Zanaflex (tizanidine) & Flexeril: there is no such thing as "best", "worst" or "stronger" medication, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics. ...Read more

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Can muscle relaxers be addicting?

Can muscle relaxers be addicting?

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

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What is flexeril versus skelaxin (metaxalone)?

What is flexeril versus skelaxin (metaxalone)?

Flexeril & skelaxin (metaxalone): Skelaxin) is thought to act by suppressing postsynaptic spinal cord and trigeminal reflexes. Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is TCA with centrally acting muscle relaxants properties. ...Read more

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Side effect of muscle relaxer?

Depends: How about a range starting with minor itch going all the way to choking to death. Pretty horrible, huh? Yeh. I agree, call the md tomorrow. Then you can truly ''relax''. Sorry, couldn't help it. ...Read more

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Do antiinflammatories and muscle relaxants cause muscle atrophy?

Do antiinflammatories and muscle relaxants cause muscle atrophy?

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

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Does Soma (carisoprodol) relax smooth muscles as well as skeletal?

Does Soma (carisoprodol) relax smooth muscles as well as skeletal?

No : No Soma (carisoprodol) only relaxes Skeletal muscles . It is a highly addictive drug . Multiple side effects . Be careful using it . ...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


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Metaxalone (Definition)

It is a muscle relaxant, commonly prescribed in the us as skelaxin (metaxalone). It's used to treat muscle spasms, such as those associated with back pain. It is ...Read more