The term ‘muscle relaxers’ is actually deceiving because these medications actually don’t directly affect muscles. This type of drug acts in the brain to relax the entire body. Muscle relaxers bring an overall sedative affect to the patient.
When used to treat back pain, muscle relaxers are used short-term. Soma®, Flexeril® and Valium® are common muscle relaxers.
There are many side effects that come with using muscle relaxers. The most common side effect is sedation. Because of that, patients who operate vehicles or machinery should be cautious when taking muscle relaxers.
These drugs can be used in combination with other medication.
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