Warnings and precaution
No matter how helpful and useful muscle relaxants might be,the fact that they might also cause some serious side effects remains. The listof the possible unwanted effects of these medications is rather long, particularlywhen having in mind that they affect the central nervous system, which is whythose who use them need to be careful. For the same reason, people should makesure not to use them simultaneously with alcohol or some medications thattend to slow down the central nervous system. While on these medications, it isnot recommended to do anything that might put somebody’s life in danger, whichmeans that even activities such as driving, for example, should be avoided, atleast until one finds out how the medication in question affects one’salertness.
People who are advised not to use this medication are thosewith any kind of an allergy, pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who sufferfrom some liver or kidney disorder, overactive thyroid gland, as well as thosewho have recently had a heart attack or irregular heartbeat. People withdiabetes need to be aware of the ability of muscle relaxants to affect the testresults when sugar levels in urine are checked. On the other side, people with epilepsyshould not use them at all, because they tend to increase the chances of experiencingseizures.
Possible side effects of muscle relaxants
As for the most frequently reported side effects of musclerelaxants, changes in vision, dizziness, lightheadedness and drowsiness are atthe top of the list, at least when it comes to those that are not so serious innature. Changes in the color of the urine might also be noticed, but all ofthese symptoms will go away on their own either after some time when the bodygets used to the medication, or when the patient stops taking it. A number ofgastrointestinal problems, such as constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, hiccups, heartburn,as well as restlessness, trembling, weakness and problems with sleeping, mightalso be experienced, although a lot less frequently. However, none of these problemsrequires medical attention, since they usually disappear very soon, as well.
When it comes to a bit more serious signs and problems thatare possible with these medications, those are problems with breathing,swelling in face, tightness in the chest, fainting, slow heartbeat, as well asitching, rash, and red eyes, and if any of them occurs, the patient needs toconsult the doctor as soon as possible.