Use of Muscle Relaxers - Muscle relaxers are prescription drugs used to treat spasms and muscle pain. The spasms and pain are often due to illnesses like arthritis, or injuries. Most muscle relaxers do have some addictive potential, and are therefore monitored by the federal government.
Muscle relaxation can theoretically occur by
interrupting function at several sites, including the central nervous system,
somatic nerves, unmyelinated motor nerve terminals, nicotinic acetylcholine
receptors, the motor end plate, and the muscle membrane or contractile
are drugs that relax certain muscles in the body. Strains, sprains, and other
muscle injuries can result in pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms. Muscle
Relaxersdo not heal the injuries, but they do help ease the discomfort and stop
muscle spasms. The muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) is also sometimes
used to treat fibromyalgia, a condition that involves aches, stiffness, and
work by acting on the central nervous system. In the United States, they are
available only with a physician's prescription. Some Muscle Relaxers are
available in Canada without a prescription. Most come only in tablet form.
However, methocarbamol (Robaxin) is available in both tablet and injectable
forms. Examples of Muscle Relaxers are carisoprodol (Soma), chlorzoxazone
(Parafon Forte DSC), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), and methocarbamol (Robaxin).
Recommended dosage depends on the
patient and the type of drug. Check with the physician who prescribed the drug
or the pharmacist who filled the prescription for the correct dosage. Always
take Muscle Relaxers exactly as directed by your physician. Never take larger
or more frequent doses, and do not take the drug for longer than directed.
Muscle Relaxers are usually
prescribed along with rest, exercise, physical therapy, or other treatments.
Although the drugs may provide relief, they should never be considered a
substitute for these other forms of treatment. The drugs may make the injury
feel so much better that one is tempted to go back to normal activity, but
doing too much too soon can actually make the injury worse.
These drugs work quite well for
relieving muscle pain due to injuries, but are not effective for other types of
pain. They should not be used for any other purpose other than for what they
Some people feel drowsy, dizzy,
confused, lightheaded, or less alert when using these drugs. The drugs may also
cause blurred vision, clumsiness, or unsteadiness. For these reasons, anyone
who takes these drugs should not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else
that might be dangerous until they have found out how the drugs affect them.
Soma is a type
of muscle relaxers used to relieve the pain and stiffness of muscle spasms and
discomfort due to strain and sprain. It blocks signals between nerves in the
brain and the spinal cord. Its action is not completely understood- Soma does
not directly relax tense skeletal muscles. Its action may be related to its
sedative properties instead. Regardless of the mechanism of action, for many
patients the reduction of muscle spasm associated with lower back pain brings
considerable relief. For these patients, the back relaxes, pain is reduced, and
their ability function normally is enhanced.
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