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What Medication Is Considered The Most Effective Muscle Relaxant
Muscle relaxants: Basically, almost all of the muscle relaxants are of comparable effectiveness (cyclobenzaprine, methocarbamol, carisoprodol). Some have more abuse potential (carisoprodol [soma]) and valium. The most potent (but too strong for most minor spasms) is baclofen, which is used for patients with spasm due to severe brain or nerve damage (cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis). ...Read more
A relaxant generally refers to a pharmaceutical that either relieves muscles tension or spasm (e.g. Robaxin, 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
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
What is causing twitching/spasms in my left ear while falling asleep. Muscle relaxants help but spasm reoccurs after stopping medication
What is the most effective muscle relaxant to be used before Achilles tendon stretching as i need to prepare for tendon transfer for foootdrop?
As your podiatrist: Personally, i haven't often used muscle relaxants specifically to accompany achilles stretching. (it's actually the calf muscle, not the tendon that stretches) if your surgeon has recommended this, they would be the one to ask. You need to choose drugs careful preceding surgery and make sure the anesthesiologist knows what you have been taking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not much: We very rarely use this for bruxism because it does not address anything found to be a cause of bruxism. Side effects of drowsiness and feeling lousy the next day overwhelm the usefulness. If the muscles are very acutely sore, relaxants may be used for a night or two, but not longer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tell me about which drugs are used to relax muscles during major surgery. which of the two chemicals described next would make the best muscle relaxant and why?
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
Cyclobenzaprine: Most muscle relaxants exert their effects centrally by diminishing the tonic flow of impulses to skeletal muscles. Because muscle relaxants also have a sedative effect, some patients may be reluctant to take them during the daytime. Cyclobenzaprine is particularly interesting for it is structurally and pharmacologically related to the tricyclic antidepressants. Hope it helps. ...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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