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What are the side effects of muscle relaxants?

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No matter what kind of muscle relaxer you take, you’ll experience one or more side effects. Some muscle relaxants, however, can have potentially serious side effects, like liver damage. Your doctor will work with you to find the medication that makes the most sense for your situation.

The most common side effects include:

  • Tiredness, drowsiness, or sedation effect
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Depression
  • Decreased blood pressure

From: Do I Need a Muscle Relaxer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

KnowYourBack.org: “Muscle Spasms.”

MedShadow: “The Problem with Muscle Relaxants.”

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: “Carisoprodol (And Meprobamate).”

NIH: “Meprobamate,” “Comparing Muscle Relaxants.”

American Addiction Centers: “Addiction to Muscle Relaxers: Carisoprodol (Soma).”

Consumer Reports: “Best treatments for headache, neck, and lower-back pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 23, 2018

SOURCES: 

KnowYourBack.org: “Muscle Spasms.”

MedShadow: “The Problem with Muscle Relaxants.”

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: “Carisoprodol (And Meprobamate).”

NIH: “Meprobamate,” “Comparing Muscle Relaxants.”

American Addiction Centers: “Addiction to Muscle Relaxers: Carisoprodol (Soma).”

Consumer Reports: “Best treatments for headache, neck, and lower-back pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 23, 2018

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