Talking medicine: Medicines that can treat muscle pains

Have you ever woken up with a stiff neck that it becomes painful to turn from one side to another? Or perhaps, have you ever sprained a muscle or developed back ache and a painkiller won’t help?

Muscle pain is a common occurrence, yet many people may not know how to deal with the condition. Although painkillers can be helpful, there are other formulations that a person can use, the most common being deep heat, which a person can rub on the affected area.

Combination drugs
However, sometimes, a person needs medication that they can swallow and not just rub on their body. All you need to do is talk to your doctor or pharmacist, who can recommend a combination of a skeletal muscle relaxant and painkiller. These drugs can also be crucial in treating what is known as tension headaches.

For example, a person can use chlorzoxazone and paracetamol as a combination treatment. The chlorzoxazone in this case relaxes the strained muscle, while the paracetamol eases the pain.
A person can take one or two capsules day, depending on the intensity of pain. It is recommended that this medicine be taken after a person has eaten food.

Myolgin and myospaz are the brand names of chlorzoxazone on the market, and they cost between Shs300 and Shs2,000 per capsule. The doctor or pharmacist can determine the duration and dose a person requires, depending on the state of their condition.
Besides myolgin and myospaz, a person can also take lobak to relieve muscle pain. It contains chlorzoxazone, paracetamol and diclofenac, and is mostly used by people who suffer from arthritis.

Orphenadrine is another drug that can be taken in combination with paracetamol.
However, people taking warfarin, a drug commonly used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in the body are cautioned against taking chlorzoxazone because of the side associated with it.
Warfarin is usually prescribed for people with certain types of irregular heartbeat and those who have suffered heart attacks.

The writer is a pharmacist

SOURCE: Daily Monitor