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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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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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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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How do polarising and depolarising muscle relaxants differ?

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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I'm scared to take my muscle relaxant?

I'm scared to take my muscle relaxant?

What is your fear?: Why are you scared? What do you think will happen? ...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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Is norgesic a muscle relaxant?

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

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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Tizanidine (Definition)

Is a drug that is used as a muscle relaxant. It is a centrally acting α2 adrenergic agonist. It is used to treat the spasms, cramping, and tightness of muscles caused by medical problems such as multiple sclerosis, spastic diplegia, back pain, or certain other injuries to the spine ...Read more