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Do muscle relaxants help with anxiety?
PinkDonuts · 20/09/2017 17:57
I recently had a back injury and have been prescribed Methocarbamol for back spasms. I take 750mg (8 a day). I suffer from anxiety and ever since the started taking these I feel so much more relaxed. Is this normal? And are muscle relaxant ever actually prescribed for anxiety? Any answers would be very appreciated 😊
27Harper · 20/09/2017 18:49
As I'm currently pregnant I am not on Methocarbamol atm, but when I was on it I too found that it helped my anxiety quite a bit. Maybe it's due to to the potential drowsiness it can cause? As it's a muscle relaxant, it obviously lessens the tension in your muscles, which could result in decreased anxiety.
I don't think it's very often prescribed for anxiety, more for pain and muscle spasms/jerks (in my case). I have fibromyalgia and it helps a tad but not significantly in my case. Worth a go though xx
27Harper · 21/09/2017 11:47
When I was taking Methocarbamol and I've taken it for a few years now (since I was 17), it still makes me sleepy. I took mine a bit differently than instructed but I took 4 in the morning and 4 at night, so it may be more sedating than taking 2 every 4 hours or so xx
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