Sedating meds accommodating science
Everyone who takes a muscle relaxant experiences one or more of these effects, and many experience all: The biggest practical problem is that people take muscle relaxants and expect to be able to function and work normally, including driving, operating machinery or doing cognitive tasks that require focus.
As with Opioids: 1: any of a group of endogenous neural polypeptides (as an endorphin or enkephalin) that bind especially to opiate receptors and mimic some of the pharmacological properties of opiates—called also opioid peptide 2: a synthetic drug (as methadone) possessing narcotic properties similar to opiates but not derived from opium.
Second, many people aged 65 and older take other medicines that could interact with muscle relaxants in adverse ways — again enhancing the risk of falls or other accidents.Evidence these days suggests that becoming a couch potato after a muscle injury — as long as the damage is not severe — is often the worst thing to do. You’ll likely reach for one, and there’s nothing wrong with that — for most people.Indeed, if the injury is moderate to severe, and thus more painful, taking the OTC pain reliever of your choice is advisable.(This is a pdf summary of the findings.) This 2015 report is based on a systematic review of 120 studies by a team of physicians and researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University Evidence-Based Practice Center.
The report also took into account recent reviews of muscle relaxants by the Cochrane Collaborative and treatment guidelines from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society.
In addition, many of the available studies on muscle relaxants are old and don’t meet today’s standards for high-quality research.