Do I Need a Muscle Relaxer?
While there are many different treatments for pain, your doctor may decide that a muscle relaxer is the best solution for you.
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When You Might Need a Muscle Relaxer
Your doctor might first suggest you try an over-the-counter medicine like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) to treat your pain. But if those don’t work, or you can’t take them because you have another issue like liver problems or ulcers, you may need to try a muscle relaxant.
Muscle relaxants are ideally prescribed for acute rather than chronic pain. They may be an option if pain is preventing you from getting enough sleep. Because muscle relaxants cause drowsiness, they can help you get rest when you take them at night.
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
- Dry mouth
- Decreased blood pressure
You shouldn’t drink alcohol while taking muscle relaxants. These medications make it hard to think and function normally, even if you take a low dose, so combining them with alcohol can increase your risk of an accident.
You also shouldn’t drive or operate heavy machinery while taking muscle relaxants. Some muscle relaxers start working within 30 minutes of taking them, and the effects can last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours.
Addiction and Abuse
Muscle relaxants can be addictive for some people. Taking them without a prescription, or taking more than your doctor has recommended, can increase your chances of becoming addicted. So can using them over a long period of time.
Almost all cases of addiction and abuse are due to the drug carisoprodol (Soma), which is considered a schedule IV controlled substance. That’s because when the drug breaks down in your body, it produces a substance called meprobamate that acts like a tranquilizer. People who become addicted to carisoprodol sometimes abuse the drug because it makes them feel relaxed.
Other kinds of muscle relaxants may be addictive too. Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) has also been linked to misuse and abuse.
With prolonged use you can become physically dependent on some muscle relaxants. This means that without the medication, you can have withdrawl symptoms. You may have insomnia, vomiting or anxiety when you stop taking it.
Liobac 10 mg (Baclofen) x 100 tabs
Generic Name: Baclofen
Baclofen is a muscle relaxer and an antispasmodic agent. Baclofen is used to treat muscle symptoms; such as spasm, pain, and stiffness; caused by multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, or other spinal cord disorders.SKU: n/a
Myonal (Eperisone) 50 mg and 100 mg Tablets
Generic Name: Eperisone
Eperisone is an antispasmodic drug. Eperisone acts by relaxing both skeletal muscles and vascular smooth muscles, and demonstrates a variety of effects such as reduction of myotonia, improvement of circulation, and suppression of the pain reflex.SKU: 1195
Myospaz Forte (Chlorzoxazone (500mg) + Diclofenac (50mg) + Paracetamol/Acetaminophen (325mg)
Pain O Soma (Carisoprodol)
Generic Name: Carisoprodol
Manufacturer: Hab Pharma
Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxer that blocks pain sensations between the nerves and the brain. Carisoprodol is used together with rest and physical therapy to treat skeletal muscle conditions such as pain or injury.SKU: n/a