The muscle relaxant has an effect in one region of the body and acts at the other side.
Neuromuscular blocks (nembutal, vardenafil, and valerian) are taken orally over a period of days; and act on CNS-associated pain, muscle spasms, and hyperreflexia. Spasmolytics are taken intraosseous (i.e., injected into a vein), either by mouth or intramuscularly. There are different modes of action but the mainstay of spasmolytics is to block the action of the neuromuscular system, either by reducing the activity or blocking a specific channel.
Some people use spasmolytics to deal with chronic pain and hyperreflexia.
What effect have these treatments had on my condition?
When patients first seek treatment for muscle spasticity, they are typically told by their doctor that the person has a muscle spasm and they should not be worried. The main cause for these treatments are:
Neuromuscular blockers are available in over-the-counter combinations like naloxone (Subutex, Vicodin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol; others may be available from pharmacies). Since these medications can have a very severe and long lasting side-effects, the doctor is typically not willing to prescribe these over-the-counter combinations unless the patient has some underlying condition that is so severe that it requires the treatment.
As of the first few weeks in treatment, most patients' muscle spasticity is in remission. Most spasticity lasts at least 14-23 days.
In my experience, valerian was used most often as a treatment for the most severe side effects. The side effects of valerian included nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and dizziness. At times, these side effects were so bad that I couldn't even stand up during the day. I used valerian daily for a long time until the symptoms began to improve.
Valerian, in many studies, was also effective as a treatment for both muscle spasticity and severe mood and anxiety disorders.
Spasmolytics are used to control hyperreflexia/hyperventilation disorders by increasing sympathetic nervous system activity and therefore the amount of blood pumped into the brain and muscle. This increases the rate of the spasms within the muscle tissue, improving the ability to move and decrease the frequency of spasms. In fact, I saw improvement in my pain levels and muscle spasms every time I took spasmolytics. These medications also increase oxygen flow, reducing muscular rigidity and making it easier to stand and walk.
Spasmolytics, by contrast, act at the neuromuscular synapses and therefore are CNS active. They may be effective for managing tension muscle or to provide relief from muscle cramps and muscle pain.
The main use of neuromuscular blockers is for treating symptoms of depression or anxiety.
The main use of spasmolytic drugs is for treating muscle spasms. These drugs are usually not useful for treating muscle spasms in severe cases and must be used only under carefully specified circumstances. The use of neuromuscular blockers is discouraged in non-depressed people because they do not appear to work well and do not reduce symptoms. Anecdotal studies of neuromuscular blocker therapy in people with chronic low back pain report no significant effect on back pain.
The main difference between neuromuscular blockers and stimulants is the use of very large doses of these drugs.
Anecdotal observations have suggested that when neuromuscular blockers are used in severe cases there are some benefits. In one study, for example, treatment with neuromuscular blockers in people with severe spinal cord injuries reduced the rate of severe injury by 23%. At other times there have been more moderate benefits but this is not clear. But there have also been cases where neuromuscular blockers have had a significant effect on people with chronic low back pain (but they must have been large doses of neuromuscular blockers to have been clinically relevant).
Neuromuscular blockers can cause an increase in pain, which can cause you to stop exercising. The effect of neuromuscular blocking can be very useful in patients with severe back pain to reduce the level of back pain. But in such cases the use of neuromuscular blockers is discouraged in people without chronic back pain.
The most common side effects of neuromuscular blockers are headache, dizziness, blurred vision, lightheadedness and dizziness.
The side effects of spasmolytics are usually not too severe and may be relieved with short-acting stimulant medicines such as methylphenidate (Ritalin). But there are also cases of severe side effects and long-term use may cause you to have problems concentrating or in some cases you may need to take more of the medicine.
Anecdotal information has suggested that people with spasticity may gain a small amount of benefit from neuromuscular blockade or spasmolytics. Anecdotal reports suggest that when neuromuscular block does reduce the level of spasticity these benefits are not great and there may well have been better benefits if a neuromuscular blocker had not been used. There are also cases where people with severe spasticity can benefit from more or shorter use of neuromuscular blockade. It might not be necessary to treat long-term with a neuromuscular blocker.
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