Increased Muscle Contractions

For muscle spasms caused by nervous system problems, healthcare professionals may give tizanidine (Zanaflex) or baclofen (Lioresal). To relieve muscle cramping, healthcare professionals may give these muscle relaxants: carisoprodol (Soma), methocarbramol (Robaxin), diazepam (Valium), and cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril). Dantrolene (Dantrium) may be used for spasticity and as a muscle relaxant.

What do these medications do?

  • Some of these medications may relieve muscle spasms caused by cerebral palsy or nervous system injury. Other medications may be given as muscle relaxants to relive muscular injury such as back aches.

What should I tell the healthcare professional about the individual who will be taking these medications?

  • Tell the healthcare professional about any alcohol or medications (prescriptions, or nonprescription) that the patient is taking.
  • Tell if the individual has liver or kidney disease.
  • Tell if the individual is pregnant.
  • Tell if the individual has a seizure disorder

How should I give this medication and how should I store it?

  • Store these medications at room temperature unless indicated on the prescription.
  • Give these medications by mouth unless indicated on the prescription.
  • Give these medications on time and as prescribed.
  • You can give these medications either with or without food unless indicated on the prescription.
  • Store AWAY from places with high moisture such as in bathrooms or over sinks.

What side effects should I look for and when might I see them?

  • The person taking the medication may feel sleepy, weak, or confused, or have a dry mouth.
  • Report at once any seizures, extreme tiredness, extreme weakness, skin discoloration, or eye discoloration.

Where can I buy this medication?

  • Go to Online Pharmacy on the World Wide Web and buy discount drugs.