Main content

    Health Information

    Muscle Relaxants for Prostatitis

    Muscle Relaxants for Prostatitis


    Generic Name Brand Name
    cyclobenzaprine Amrix
    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

    Muscle relaxants may help relieve symptoms for some men. 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.



    1. Nickel JC (2012). Prostatitis and related conditions, orchitis, and epididymitis. In AJ Wein et al., eds., Campbell-Walsh Urology, 10th ed., vol. 1, pp. 327?356. Philadelphia: Saunders.


    By Healthwise Staff
    E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
    Last Revised November 11, 2013

    This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

    1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.