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I clench my jaw often and am starting to have jaw pain. Are there any over-the-counter muscle relaxants I can take to stop clenching?

TMJ. This is a common problem. See your dentist so he can fabricate a appliance for your teeth called a splint. Until then try warm compresses on and off your tmj(located just in front of ear) some people do better with cold too? Try two or three advil (ibuprofen) if you are not allergic. Relaxation and stress reduction help. The key is to let your dentist check your bite. It might not be balanced. Read more...
Not really... Drugs aren't really effective for this habit. Try google 'cognitive behavioral therapy' or 'biofeedback' for your best long term bets. Stress is a common cause. Mayo clinic has a great review of the problem: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/bruxism/ds00337 good luck! Read more...
Dentist. Dental examination to check muscles of mastication and actual wear patterns on the teeth and radiographic views of the tempromandibular joint. Read more...
Not pharmaceutical. There are many otc meds designed to relieve pain but specific muscle relaxers are prescription based. You can try a generic bite splint available at larger drugstores but with this caveat: it may make things worse. If wearing it helps and it stops your bruxing, then it would effectively be an otc muscle relaxer but if it doesn't help or makes things worse, see a dentist for further evaluation. Read more...