Chronic Pain

Types of Pain Where Muscle Relaxants may Provide Relief

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Overview of muscle relaxants

Medicines that function as depressants of the central nervous system and possess musculoskeletal relaxant and sedative properties are known as muscle relaxants. They are used for physical therapy, rest, and to relieve discomfort. At the same time, they also have other benefits for short-term for painful and acute musculoskeletal conditions.


These relaxants might be helpful when it comes to relieving acute back pain; however, patients should also be aware of the possible side effects and potential problems that they can cause.

Abuse

Typically, muscle relaxants are prescribed in the earlier stages of back pain, that too for a very short time. This brief period is because of the dependency and abuse that the relaxant can lead to. These relaxants need to be placed in such a place where children or visitors can’t find them. Sharing these medicines with others is illegal.

Multi-drug interactions

Avoid combining other drugs with muscle relaxants like antihistamines. It has been reported that combining the two drugs increases the frequency of visits to the emergency room for adults.

Alcohol interactions

Drinking alcohol while consuming muscle relaxants can be life threatening. The sedative effect that the medicine has can be intensified by the consumption of alcohol. In some case, combining the both of them can prove to be fatal too. 

Allergic reactions

Patients should not be given such medicines that had led to an allergic reaction in the past despite the mild severity of the said reaction. The symptoms of allergic reactions include trouble in breathing, a breakout of hives, swelling in the throat, and tightness in the chest. 

Addiction

Another reason for the short time frame for which a muscle relaxant is prescribed is to avoid addiction. These relaxants are quite addictive and can lead to adverse reactions when taken in excess.

Drowsiness

Since muscle relaxants relax all the muscles of the body, a person starts to feel sleepy or groggy. Consequently, making crucial decisions or driving under the influence of muscle relaxants is not safe at all.