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Can diazepam be used as a muscle relaxant? Would a doctor prescribe it for that?

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Dr. Bennett Burns
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Can be

There are no good muscle relaxants- think about it-if you take a pill that hits all your muscles and made them relax (not contract) you would be too weak to stand.
All meds are a compromise to try to decrease spasms, but not be too dangerous. Diazepam (valium) is one that can be used in this manner. But must be used carefully as people can become dependant upon it. Short term use (days) only.

In brief: Can be

There are no good muscle relaxants- think about it-if you take a pill that hits all your muscles and made them relax (not contract) you would be too weak to stand.
All meds are a compromise to try to decrease spasms, but not be too dangerous. Diazepam (valium) is one that can be used in this manner. But must be used carefully as people can become dependant upon it. Short term use (days) only.
Dr. Bennett Burns
Dr. Bennett Burns
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Dr. Daniel Reinharth
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Diazepam is a "minor tranquilizer" which has muscle-relaxing properties.
Among its side-effects are drowsiness, and that it's habit-forming.

In brief: Yes

Diazepam is a "minor tranquilizer" which has muscle-relaxing properties.
Among its side-effects are drowsiness, and that it's habit-forming.
Dr. Daniel Reinharth
Dr. Daniel Reinharth
Thank
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