Muscle Relaxants

Muscle Relaxants

Using muscle relaxants as part of your treatment may help relieve muscle spasm pain. Learn more about these meds. If your doctor prescribes a muscle relaxant, track your use and note any symptom changes in your Journal. 

Conditions: fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain

Symptoms: fatigue, difficulty sleeping, stiffness, aching, burning, muscle pain, pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, tenderness, oversleeping, insomnia, unrefreshing sleep, muscle spasms, cramps, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., all over pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, tender points, difficulty moving neck, mood changes, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, sharp pain, shocking pain, electric pain, base of neck pain, buttock pain, face pain, foot pain, hand pain, hip pain, leg pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, pain when standing, arm cramping, leg cramping, arm pain,

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Categories: Meds

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Muscle Relaxant Use

Muscle relaxants have a sedative effect. Most work by depressing the central nervous system. Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants if over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription anti-inflammatories do not relieve your musculoskeletal pain. These meds can be habit-forming, so they are generally only prescribed for a short time. Muscle relaxants include:

* Amrix, Fexmid, Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)

* Kemstro, Lioresal (baclofen)

* Skelaxin (metaxalone)

* Soma, Soprodal, Vanadom (carisoprodol)

* Zanaflex (tizanidine)

Prompt: Relax your pain.

CTA: Learn how relaxants work.

Conditions: fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain

Symptoms: fatigue, difficulty sleeping, stiffness, aching, burning, muscle pain, pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, tenderness, oversleeping, insomnia, unrefreshing sleep, muscle spasms, cramps, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., all over pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, tender points, difficulty moving neck, mood changes, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, sharp pain, shocking pain, electric pain, base of neck pain, buttock pain, face pain, foot pain, hand pain, hip pain, leg pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, pain when standing, arm cramping, leg cramping, arm pain

Triggers: injury, sports injury, heavy lifting, carrying a child, excess activity, exercising, housework, pushing or pulling, repetitive motions, twisting, overdoing it

Treatments: Flexeril, cyclobenzaprine, Zanaflex, tizanidine, Lioresal, baclofen, Soma, carisoprodol, Amrix, Fexmid, Kemstro, Soprodal, Vanadom

Categories: Meds

Managing Drowsiness

Muscle relaxants can make you feel drowsy. Don't take these meds before driving or operating heavy machinery. Some doctors recommend taking muscle relaxants before bed, especially if you've never used them before. Ask your doctor about a dosing schedule.    

Prompt: Stay safe.

CTA: Know when to take relaxants.

Conditions: fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain

Symptoms: fatigue, difficulty sleeping, stiffness, depression, aching, burning, muscle pain, pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, tenderness, oversleeping, insomnia, unrefreshing sleep, muscle spasms, cramps, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., all over pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, tender points, difficulty moving neck, mood changes, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, sharp pain, shocking pain, electric pain, base of neck pain, buttock pain, face pain, foot pain, hand pain, hip pain, leg pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, pain when standing, arm cramping, leg cramping, arm pain

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Treatments: Flexeril, cyclobenzaprine, Zanaflex, tizanidine, Lioresal, baclofen, Soma, carisoprodol, Amrix, Fexmid, Kemstro, Soprodal, Vanadom

Categories: Meds

Side Effects

Muscle relaxants can cause side effects. The most common side effect is drowsiness. Other side effects include:

* Dizziness

* Dry mouth

* Urinary retention

Muscle relaxants can be habit-forming, so be sure to tell your doctor if you have a history of substance abuse. 

Prompt: Be aware.

CTA: Relaxants are habit-forming.

Conditions: fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain

Symptoms: fatigue, difficulty sleeping, stiffness, depression, aching, burning, muscle pain, pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, tenderness, oversleeping, insomnia, unrefreshing sleep, muscle spasms, cramps, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., all over pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, tender points, difficulty moving neck, mood changes, pain when tilting head, pain when turning head, sharp pain, shocking pain, electric pain, base of neck pain, buttock pain, face pain, foot pain, hand pain, hip pain, leg pain, shoulder blade pain, side of neck pain, pain when standing, arm cramping, leg cramping, arm pain

Triggers:

Treatments: Flexeril, cyclobenzaprine, Zanaflex, tizanidine, Lioresal, baclofen, Soma, carisoprodol, Amrix, Fexmid, Kemstro, Soprodal, Vanadom

Categories: Meds

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 22, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

National Center for Health Statistics: "Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2006, Special Feature: Pain."

American Academy of Pain Medicine annual meeting, San Antonio, February 2010.

American College of Rheumatology 2004 meeting, San Antonio, Oct. 16-21, 2004.

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Low Back Pain."

Moldofsky, H. The Journal of Rheumatology, published online Aug. 30, 2011.

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