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How to Treat Muscle Spasms ?

Muscle spasms (muscle cramps) are painful contractions and tightening of your muscles. They’re common, involuntary and unpredictable. Although there are steps you can take to prevent a muscle spasm and treat it when it attacks, those methods are not always reliable. Muscle relaxants, stretching and massage are most likely to help.

When you have muscle spasms, you can try following nature treatment:

      1. Stretching
      2. Massage
      3. Ice
      4. Heat
      5. Drink Water
      6. Mild exercising

If your muscle spasms doesnot improve, we suggest you take some natural foods to relieve your muscle spasm.

Some OTC medicines and Prescription for muscle spasms

Nonprescription remedies

There are several things you can take by mouth that may help with your muscle spasms:

    • NSAIDs. Over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) often bring relief by reducing inflammation and pain.
    • Pickle juice. Drinking a small amount of pickle juice reportedly relieves cramping muscles within 30 to 35 seconds. This is thought to work by restoring electrolyte balance.
    • Supplements. Salt tablets, vitamin B-12, and magnesium supplements are used by some people to treat and prevent muscle spasms. It’s important to note that there’s limited evidence to show that these are effective.
    • Natural muscle relaxers. Natural muscle relaxants include drinking chamomile tea, adding capsaicin to foods, and improving your sleep.

 

Prescription medication for Muscle Spasms

If you have a persisting muscle spasm, especially if it’s severe, your doctor may prescribe a muscle relaxant or a pain medication.

Muscle relaxants used for muscle spasms are called centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxants (SMRs), and are often only prescribed for 2- to 3-week periods.

A List of Skeletal muscle relaxants

 

Drug Name Reviews Avg. Ratings
Antiflex
Generic name: orphenadrine
1 review
  
10
Dantrium (Pro)
Generic name: dantrolene
2 reviews
  
10
Vanadom
Generic name: carisoprodol
1 review
  
9.0
Soma (Pro)
Generic name: carisoprodol
180 reviews
  
8.9
Zanaflex (Pro)
Generic name: tizanidine
100 reviews
  
7.7
Xeomin (Pro)
Generic name: incobotulinumtoxinA
2 reviews
  
7.5
Amrix (Pro)
Generic name: cyclobenzaprine
48 reviews
  
7.3
Myobloc (Pro)
Generic name: rimabotulinumtoxinB
3 reviews
  
7.2
Skelaxin (Pro)
Generic name: metaxalone
82 reviews
  
7.2
Lioresal (Pro)
Generic name: baclofen
20 reviews
  
6.8
Norflex (Pro)
Generic name: orphenadrine
22 reviews
  
6.5
Flexeril (Pro)
Generic name: cyclobenzaprine
197 reviews
  
6.3
Robaxin (Pro)
Generic name: methocarbamol
63 reviews
  
6.3
Lorzone (Pro)
Generic name: chlorzoxazone
21 reviews
  
6.2
Dysport (Pro)
Generic name: abobotulinumtoxinA
7 reviews
  
6.1
Botox (Pro)
Generic name: onabotulinumtoxinA
350 reviews
  
5.9
Parafon Forte DSC (Pro)
Generic name: chlorzoxazone
3 reviews
  
5.9
Fexmid (Pro)
Generic name: cyclobenzaprine
4 reviews
  
5.8
Gablofen (Pro)
Generic name: baclofen
3 reviews
  
5.8
Robaxin-750
Generic name: methocarbamol
39 reviews
  
5.6
Lioresal Intrathecal
Generic name: baclofen
3 reviews
  
5.2
Botox Cosmetic (Pro)
Generic name: onabotulinumtoxinA
11 reviews
  
4.9
Comfort Pac with Cyclobenzaprine
Generic name: cyclobenzaprine
2 reviews
  
4.5
Orfro
Generic name: orphenadrine
0 reviews
  
3.0
Kemstro
Generic name: baclofen
0 reviews
  
2.0
Dantrium Intravenous (Pro)
Generic name: dantrolene
0 reviews Add rating
Mio-Rel
Generic name: orphenadrine
0 reviews Add rating
Orphenate
Generic name: orphenadrine
0 reviews Add rating
Ozobax (Pro)
Generic name: baclofen
0 reviews Add rating
Paraflex
Generic name: chlorzoxazone
0 reviews Add rating
Remular-S
Generic name: chlorzoxazone
0 reviews Add rating
Revonto (Pro)
Generic name: dantrolene
0 reviews Add rating
Ryanodex (Pro)
Generic name: dantrolene
0 reviews Add rating

Although skeletal muscle relaxants are recommended for short-term use in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, approximately 44.5% of users remain on them for more than a year.

Due to CNS depression, cyclobenzaprine, metaxalone, orphenadrine (Norflex, others), methocarbamol (Robaxin, others), carisoprodol, and chlorzoxazone (Lorzone, Parafon Forte DSC, others) are on the American Geriatrics Society’s Beers List of inappropriate drugs for elderly patients.

Despite this, approximately 300,000 annual prescriptions for skeletal muscle relaxants (15%) are issued to patients older than 65 years of age.

Skeletal muscle relaxants represent a diverse pharmacotherapeutic group of medications across several chemical classes that are structurally dissimilar. These agents are effective for spasticity, skeletal muscle spasms, or both.

Because of the breadth of pharmacologic mechanisms and variable pharmacokinetics, the drugs have a huge range of AEs and potential drug interactions.

Considering that these agents are most often used in the elderly and also as adjuvants for the treatment of chronic pain patients with multiple comorbidities who are likely receiving a polypharmaceutical regimen (including opioids), skeletal muscle drug selection for each patient requires careful attention to these factors.

 

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Muscle Relaxant

Robaxin (methocarbamol) Side Effects

Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxer. It works by blocking nerve impulses (or pain sensations) that are sent to your brain.

Methocarbamol is used together with rest and physical therapy to treat skeletal muscle conditions such as pain or injury.

Methocarbamol injection is sometimes used in the treatment of tetanus, (lockjaw) which causes painful tightening of the muscles.

Methocarbamol may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of this medicine.

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

Along with its needed effects, methocarbamol (the active ingredient contained in Robaxin) may cause some unwanted effects.

Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking methocarbamol:

Incidence not known

      • Black, tarry stools
      • changes in skin color
      • chest pain or discomfort
      • chills
      • clay-colored stools
      • cough
      • dark urine
      • diarrhea
      • difficulty in swallowing
      • dizziness
      • fast heartbeat
      • feeling of warmth
      • fever
      • headache
      • joint or muscle pain
      • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
      • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
      • loss of appetite
      • loss of bladder control
      • loss or problems with memory
      • nausea
      • numbness or tingling of face, hands, or feet
      • pain, tenderness, or swelling of foot or leg
      • painful or difficult urination
      • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
      • redness and soreness of the eyes
      • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
      • skin rash
      • sleepiness
      • slow or irregular heartbeat
      • sore throat
      • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
      • stomach pain
      • sweating
      • swollen glands
      • tightness in the chest
      • total body jerking
      • unpleasant breath odor
      • unusual bleeding or bruising
      • unusual tiredness or weakness
      • vomiting of blood
      • yellow eyes or skin

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking methocarbamol:

Symptoms of Overdose

      • Loss of consciousness
      • shaking or jerking of one area or side of the body

Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

Some side effects of methocarbamol may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

      • Belching
      • double vision
      • drowsiness
      • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
      • heartburn
      • indigestion
      • mood or mental changes
      • sensation of spinning
      • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
      • trouble sleeping
      • uncontrolled eye movements

Robax is a prescription muscle relaxant and we do not suggest you take prescription to relieve your pain for a long time. You need take some health foods such as USANA Essentials – HealthPak to make you more strong.

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Incidence not known

  1. Black, tarry stools
  2. changes in skin color
  3. chest pain or discomfort
  4. chills
  5. clay-colored stools
  6. cough
  7. dark urine
  8. diarrhea
  9. difficulty in swallowing
  10. dizziness
  11. fast heartbeat
  12. feeling of warmth
  13. fever
  14. headache
  15. joint or muscle pain
  16. large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  17. lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  18. loss of appetite
  19. loss of bladder control
  20. loss or problems with memory
  21. nausea
  22. numbness or tingling of face, hands, or feet
  23. pain, tenderness, or swelling of foot or leg
  24. painful or difficult urination
  25. puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  26. redness and soreness of the eyes
  27. redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  28. skin rash
  29. sleepiness
  30. slow or irregular heartbeat
  31. sore throat
  32. sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  33. stomach pain
  34. sweating
  35. swollen glands
  36. tightness in the chest
  37. total body jerking
  38. unpleasant breath odor
  39. unusual bleeding or bruising
  40. unusual tiredness or weakness
  41. vomiting of blood
  42. yellow eyes or skin

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of Overdose

  1. Loss of consciousness
  2. shaking or jerking of one area or side of the body

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

  1. Belching
  2. double vision
  3. drowsiness
  4. feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  5. heartburn
  6. indigestion
  7. mood or mental changes
  8. sensation of spinning
  9. stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  10. trouble sleeping
  11. uncontrolled eye movements

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.