Muscle Relaxants. It’s easy
Additionally, sometimes your doctor may recommend a specific group of drugs known as muscle relaxants. This is a misnomer, as these drugs affect your brain and spinal column, both of which affect the muscles thereafter.
The muscle relaxants are often recommended alongside over-the-counter pain relievers (mentioned above) that alleviate the symptoms of muscle spasms or back pain.
Below is a list of some muscle relaxants:
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) Methocarbamol (Robaxin) Diazepam (Valium) Carisoprodol (Soma)
Some common, minor side effects of muscle relaxants are:
The above medicines may be addictive. This is due to their effectiveness – patients do not wish for their pain-alleviating effects to end, so they take more and more and build up an addiction.
This is extremely dangerous as these drugs can cause some serious side effects.
Be sure to be in constant communication with your doctor regarding these drugs and their effects if you are worried. These medications may also interact with other medications and make certain pre-existing conditions worse.