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Muscle Relaxants Treatment UK

Carisoprodol 500 mg (Soma)

Carisoprodol 500 mg (Soma)

Carisoprodol is a skeletal muscle relaxant medication that is used for the relief of pain (e.g. back pain).

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What are muscle relaxants used for?

These medications have been shown to help relieve pain caused by acute muscle spasms. Various health conditions that affect the central nervous system (CNS) can cause muscle spasms as well as long-term injuries to the head or back. They can also be caused by short-term injuries such as whiplash which can cause tightening in the neck and shoulders.

How do muscle relaxants work?

These medications reduce pain and discomfort by causing muscles to become less tense. They act on the CNS as a sedative and they decrease impulses from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles. Muscle relaxants interrupt neuronal communication instead of acting directly on the skeletal muscle itself. This causes muscles to relax and spasms to decrease.

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Who can benefit from using these medications?

Patients who experience sudden, involuntary contractions of a muscle or a muscle group can benefit from the use of these medications. Muscle spasms are associated with conditions like fibromyalgia, back pain and neck pain. They can be caused by excessive muscle strain and are sometimes extremely painful.

A constant muscle spasm that can restrict movement such as walking is referred to as muscle spasticity. When using muscle relaxants UK and EU patients should be aware that this medication can treat muscle spasticity with minimum side effects. This issue can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Injury to parts of the brain or spinal cord involved with movement can also cause muscle spasticity.

Patients who suffer a spinal cord injury such as a slipped disk can benefit from the use of this medication. If a disc slips from its place and pinches a nerve, the signals that move from the nerve to the adjacent muscle tissue may be disrupted. This can result in painful muscle spasms and these medications can calm these spasms and ease pain which allows you to move more easily.

Osteoarthritis is one of several other conditions that can also cause back pain. If cartilage on the vertebrae gets rough or wears down, the vertebrae start rubbing against each other which can result in a painful and stiff back. Muscle relaxants are often used to treat this type of pain as they reduce the intensity of muscle spasms and improve sleep.

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