muscle relaxant

Definitions of muscle relaxant
  1. noun
    a drug that reduces muscle contractility by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses or by decreasing the excitability of the motor end plate or by other actions
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    benzodiazepine
    any of several similar lipophilic amines used as tranquilizers or sedatives or hypnotics or muscle relaxants; chronic use can lead to dependency
    Flexeril, cyclobenzaprine
    muscle relaxant (trade name Flexeril) used for muscle spasms or acute injury
    Robaxin, methocarbamol
    muscle relaxant for skeletal muscles (trade name Robaxin) used to treat spasms
    Norflex, orphenadrine
    a skeletal muscle relaxant (trade name Norflex) used to treat severe muscle strain and Parkinsonism
    Kavrin, papaverine
    an alkaloid medicine (trade name Kavrin) obtained from opium; used to relax smooth muscles; it is nonaddictive
    Kemadrin, procyclidine
    drug (trade name Kemadrin) used to reduce tremors in Parkinsonism
    succinylcholine
    a muscle relaxant for striated muscle that is used as an adjunct to anesthesia during certain surgical procedures
    Flaxedil, gallamine
    neuromuscular blocking agent (trade name Flaxedil) used as a muscle relaxant in the administration of anesthesia
    Xanax, alprazolam
    an antianxiety agent (trade name Xanax) of the benzodiazepine class
    Libritabs, Librium, chlordiazepoxide
    a tranquilizer (trade names Librium and Libritabs) used in the treatment of alcoholism
    Valium, diazepam
    a tranquilizer (trade name Valium) used to relieve anxiety and relax muscles; acts by enhancing the inhibitory actions of the neurotransmitter GABA; can also be used as an anticonvulsant drug in cases of nerve agent poisoning
    ProSom, estazolam
    a frequently prescribed sleeping pill (trade name ProSom)
    Ativan, lorazepam
    tranquilizer (trade name Ativan) used to treat anxiety and tension and insomnia
    Versed, midazolam
    an injectable form of benzodiazepine (trade name Versed) useful for sedation and for reducing pain during uncomfortable medical procedures
    nitrazepam
    a hypnotic and sedative drug of the benzodiazepine type
    Restoril, temazepam
    a frequently prescribed benzodiazepine (trade name Restoril); takes effect slowly and lasts long enough to help those people who wake up frequently during the night
    Halcion, triazolam
    a form of benzodiazepine (trade name Halcion) frequently prescribed as a sleeping pill; usually given to people who have trouble falling asleep
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    relaxant
    a drug that relaxes and relieves tension
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