When should I stop taking muscle relaxers?
They must be discontinued gradually. If you’ve been taking a muscle relaxant for an extended period, don’t abruptly stop taking it one day. Doing so may set you up for some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and trouble sleeping.
Do muscle relaxers help the healing process?
There is some evidence in medical literature of effectiveness of muscle relaxers when used for acute back or neck pain on a short-term basis (up to 2 or 3 weeks). They can promote recovery by blocking the feeling of pain, so people can get the rest they need to heal.
How long should muscle relaxers be taken?
Prolonged use can lead to increased tolerance and physical dependence, especially with Soma. For this reason, muscle relaxers are intended as a short-term treatment not to be prescribed for more than 2-3 weeks.
What happens when you stop taking muscle relaxers?
If you are addicted to muscle relaxers, you may experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using them. Muscle relaxant withdrawal symptoms can include: Insomnia. Abdominal cramps.
Is it bad to take muscle relaxers every day?
But taking muscle relaxants, especially every day, isn’t a good idea, according to our experts at Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. In fact, they recommend against taking Soma (generic name carisoprodol) at all because it poses a high risk of abuse and addiction, and isn’t very effective.
Can I take muscle relaxers after surgery?
Most patients stop taking narcotic medications and muscle relaxers within a couple of weeks after surgery. However, there are no “rules” about when a patient should stop taking these medications. You may use narcotic medications and wean off over the course of several days to weeks depending on your pain level.
What is the safest muscle relaxer?
Cyclobenzaprine is rated B by the FDA for safety during pregnancy, making it the safest muscle relaxant to use while pregnant. Dantrolene (Dantrium). Dantrolene helps control chronic spasticity related to spinal injuries. It is also used for conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy.
Is it safe to take muscle relaxers long term?
Recommendations generally limit the use of these drugs to a maximum of three weeks, since they have not been shown to work for muscle spasms beyond that duration, and they can cause serious side effects including falls, fractures, vehicle crashes, abuse, dependence, and overdose.
Are muscle relaxers addictive?
Addiction and Abuse
Muscle relaxants can be addictive for some people. Taking them without a prescription, or taking more than your doctor has recommended, can increase your chances of becoming addicted. So can using them over a long period of time.