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Skeletal Muscle Relaxants (systemic)
Commonly used medicines: Carisoprodol, Chlorphenesin, Chlorzoxazonem Metaxalone, Methocarbamol.
Commonly used brand names (In the U.S.) Carbacot, EZE-DS, Maolate, Paraflex, Parafon Forte DSC, Relaxazone, Remular, Remular-S, Robaxin, Robaxin-750, Skelaxin, Skelex, Soma, Strifon Forte DSC, Vanadom.
(In Canada) Robaxin, Robaxin-750, Soma.
Skeletal muscle relaxants are used to relax certain muscles in your body and relieve the stiffness, pain, and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, or other injury to your muscles. However, these medicines do not take the place of rest, exercise or physical therapy, or other treatment that your doctor may recommend for your medical problem. Methocarbamol also has been used to relieve some of the muscle problems caused by tetanus.
Skeletal muscle relaxants act in the central nervous system to produce their muscle relaxant effects. Their actions in the CNS may also produce some of their side effects.
In the U.S., these medicines are available only with your doctor’s prescription. In Canada, some of these medicines are available without a prescription.
If you will be taking this medicine for a long time, your doctor should check your progress at regular visits.
This medicine will add to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants. Do not drink alcoholic beverages, and check with your doctor before taking any of the medicines listed above, while you are using this medicine.
Skeletal muscle relaxants may cause blurred vision or clumsiness or unsteadiness in some people. They may also cause some people to feel drowsy, dizzy, lightheaded, faint, or less alert than they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be affected if you are dizzy or are not alert, well-coordinated, and able to see well.
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