How do muscle relaxers make you feel?
These drugs exert their muscle-relaxing effects by inhibiting nerve signals in the brain and spinal cord and may help break the pain-spasm-pain cycle, where pain causes your muscles to spasm as a protective response, and those spasms, in turn, cause more pain.
How long does it take for muscle relaxers to kick in?
Some muscle relaxers start working within 30 minutes of taking them, and the effects can last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours.
What do muscle relaxers do?
Muscle relaxants work by causing the muscles to become less tense or stiff, which in turn reduces pain and discomfort. They do this in different ways. Baclofen, diazepam, methocarbamol and tizanidine act on the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Dantrolene works directly on the muscle.
What are the side effects of muscle relaxers?
The most common side effects include:
- Tiredness, drowsiness, or sedation effect.
- Fatigue or weakness.
- Dry mouth.
- Decreased blood pressure.