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    Muscle Relaxants for Prostatitis

    Muscle Relaxants for Prostatitis

    Examples

    Generic Name Brand Name
    cyclobenzaprine Flexeril
    diazepam Valium
    metaxalone Skelaxin

    How It Works

    These medicines relax muscles throughout the body. They are believed to work because they calm both the central nervous system and the muscles. These medicines may make you sleepy.

    Why It Is Used

    Muscle relaxants may be used to treat pain caused by chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome, inflammatory or noninflammatory.

    How Well It Works

    The use of these medicines to treat prostatitis has not been carefully studied. But doctors find that these medicines are often helpful, especially for men who have chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome, noninflammatory. 1

    Side Effects

    The side effects of these medicines include:

    • Drowsiness.
    • Dry mouth.
    • Urinary retention.

    See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)

    What To Think About

    Valium can be habit-forming with long-term use.

    Complete the new medication information form (PDF) (What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.

    References

    Citations

    1. Nickel JC (2007). Inflammatory conditions of the male genitourinary tract: Prostatitis and related conditions, orchitis, and epididymitis. In AJ Wein et al., eds., Campbell-Walsh Urology, 9th ed., vol. 1, pp. 304?329. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.

    Credits

    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
    Last Revised December 3, 2011

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