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Muscle Relaxant Medication

Muscle relaxant medications relax muscles and may help reduce pain in people who have muscle spasms.

Muscle relaxant medications are used when muscle spasms develop because of pain caused by a herniated disc





Examples of Muscle Relaxers

Brand Name
Generic / Chemical Name
  • Valium
  • Flexeril
  • Soma
  • Norflex
  • Robaxin
  • diazepam
  • cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride
  • carisoprodol
  • orphenadrine citrate
  • methocarbamol

Valium is not recommended for use by pregnant women, older adults, or people with depression or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

How Well do Muscle Relaxers Work?

Muscle relaxant medications are usually helpful for reducing the pain of muscle spasms.

Side Effects

Side effects of muscle relaxant medications include:

  • Drowsiness.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Likelihood of addiction with regular use of diazepam (Valium) and carisoprodol (such as Soma).
  • Urinary retention.

See individual Drug References for a full list of side effects.

What To Think About

Muscle relaxant medications work best when taken before bedtime. They should not be used when driving or operating machinery.