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.

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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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