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I suffer with TMJ are there any other meds except for diazepam that can help me?
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Meds short term
Meds manage pain and spasm short term. Fora long term solution, fix the problem with your bite.

In brief: Meds short term
Meds manage pain and spasm short term. Fora long term solution, fix the problem with your bite.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Meds mask
I have long been an advocate of treating without meds.
Many of my new patients come into my office already over medicated. I cannot ethically tell them to quit taking the meds, but i can try and offer other potential solutions that try to get to the source of their ailments rather than treating just the symptoms.

In brief: Meds mask
I have long been an advocate of treating without meds.
Many of my new patients come into my office already over medicated. I cannot ethically tell them to quit taking the meds, but i can try and offer other potential solutions that try to get to the source of their ailments rather than treating just the symptoms.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, many
Diazepam is a benzodiazepine muscle relaxant, which can effectively treat some of the muscle spasms associated with TMJ problems.
However, it has lots of side effects, including drowsiness and addiction. Other effective muscle relaxants include cyclobenzaprine, Methocarbamol and carisoprodol. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen) are also useful in the treatment of tmd's.

In brief: Yes, many
Diazepam is a benzodiazepine muscle relaxant, which can effectively treat some of the muscle spasms associated with TMJ problems.
However, it has lots of side effects, including drowsiness and addiction. Other effective muscle relaxants include cyclobenzaprine, Methocarbamol and carisoprodol. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen) are also useful in the treatment of tmd's.
Dr. James Bates
Dr. James Bates
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: NSAIDs, acetaminophe
Diazepam helps as a muscle relaxer, and antianxiety med- can decrease grinding as a nervous response.
Nsaids e.g. Ibuprofen, are good pain relievers; Acetaminophen can help too. Check with dentist that bite isn't off kilter. Mouth guards (usually custom made-doesn't mean expensive) can be helpful. Avoiding chewy foods, e.g. Gum, bagels can help. Warm compresses can help. Stress reduction helps.

In brief: NSAIDs, acetaminophe
Diazepam helps as a muscle relaxer, and antianxiety med- can decrease grinding as a nervous response.
Nsaids e.g. Ibuprofen, are good pain relievers; Acetaminophen can help too. Check with dentist that bite isn't off kilter. Mouth guards (usually custom made-doesn't mean expensive) can be helpful. Avoiding chewy foods, e.g. Gum, bagels can help. Warm compresses can help. Stress reduction helps.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Many, but
Many: Acetaminopen (Tylenol), NSAID, muscle relaxants, anti-depressants, topical anesthetics, nerve pain meds, narcotic pain meds.
But, see a TMJ expert for advice besides meds. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

In brief: Many, but
Many: Acetaminopen (Tylenol), NSAID, muscle relaxants, anti-depressants, topical anesthetics, nerve pain meds, narcotic pain meds.
But, see a TMJ expert for advice besides meds. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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