Muscle relaxants for a herniated disc
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How It Works
Muscle relaxant medicines relax muscles and may help reduce pain in people who have muscle spasms. The muscle-relaxing effects of these medicines are most likely the result of their ability to depress the central nervous system. They are also called sedatives.
Why It Is Used
Muscle relaxant medicines are used when muscle spasms develop because of pain caused by a herniated disc.
How Well It Works
Muscle relaxant medicines are usually helpful for reducing the pain of muscle spasms. Muscle relaxants may help to relax muscle spasms caused by a herniated disc, but muscle relaxants will not affect the herniated disc itself.1, 2
Side effects of muscle relaxant medicines include:
- Dry mouth.
- Likelihood of dependence or addiction with regular use of diazepam (Valium) and carisoprodol (such as Soma).
- Urinary retention.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Muscle relaxant medicines work best when taken before bedtime. They should not be used when driving or operating machinery.
Muscle relaxants are usually used for only short periods of time, to avoid dependence and addiction.
Last Updated: July 21, 2008