Muscle Relaxants for Prostatitis
What Are They?
Muscle relaxants may be prescribed for men with pelvic tension disorders associated with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Muscle relaxants can act as a calming agent to the central nervous system, help with anxiety, and relax the pelvic muscles, thereby reducing muscle spasms. Muscle relaxants for prostatitis are helpful in easing the pain and pressure that many CPPS patients experience.
Common muscle relaxants prescribed for prostatitis include:
- Valium (diazepam)
- Robaxin (methocarbamol)
- Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)
Common side effects of these drugs may include drowsiness, dry mouth, and urinary retention. Valium can cause sedation, dizziness, constipation, and weakness. You may need to refrain from driving or operating machinery until you get used to the effects of the medication.
Muscle relaxants affect all the muscles in your body and can be additive. Patients should slowly back off of them when stopping the medications because they can cause withdrawal symptoms.
Other drugs that are used to improve pain in CP/CPPS patients are tricyclic anti-depressives like Elavil, Pamelor, Tofranil, and Luvox. These medications can help improve neuropathic pain, which is pain that is caused by damage or disease that affects the sensory system in the body. These drugs may be helpful in treating one of the causes of pelvic and tension disorders: stress and emotional health. They work by balancing chemicals in the brain and promoting a positive mood.
In addition to taking muscle relaxants for prostatitis, doctors may recommend rest and physical therapy. In fact there are many alternative prostatitis treatments that may be effective for treating muscle spasms, chronic tension disorder and pelvic floor disorders associated with CPPS. Patients with CPPS usually need to try many different therapies to get relief from their prostatitis. Some of the alternative treatments worth considering for symptoms such as muscle spasms and chronic tension include acupuncture, biofeedback therapy, trigger point release therapy, pelvic floor rehabilitation, the Wise-Anderson Protocol, and high frequency stimulation. Other alternative treatments that may help with pain relief include heat therapy, sitz backs, ice packs, or prostate massage. Men whose pelvic tension comes from stress-related causes may also look into stress management for prostatitis. Related stress-management techniques are meditation, tai chi, and yoga. Kegel exercises should generally be avoided in cases of CPPS/chronic tension as these exercises may add to the tension and stress being placed on the pelvic floor.
Natural prostatitis treatment with phytotherapy and other supplements may also be helpful for reducing inflammation, helping with urinary symptoms and helping to support the immune system. It is easy to get frustrated with trying so many different treatments for CPPS, but a multimodal treatment regimen is going to be your best bet at managing your symptoms. Incorporating natural therapies and lifestyle changes into your treatment program will help you treat your prostatitis with fewer side effects than muscle relaxants and with less of a risk for addiction from using these medications.