According to Everyday Health, currently, there are no over-the-counter muscle relaxers. However, there are several pain relief medications available over-the-counter; NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Aleve (naproxen) and Motrin (ibuprofen) and Tylenol are examples of such medications. Some common muscle relaxers that are available by prescription include Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine), Soma (carisoprodol) and Skelaxin (metaxalone).Know More
Both prescription muscle relaxers and over-the-counter pain relievers may cause side effects. Muscle relaxers such as Flexeril, Soma and Skelaxin are known to cause nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and vomiting. Taking more than 3,000mg to 4,000mg of Tylenol per day increases the likelihood of liver toxicity.
Prolonged use of NSAIDs may cause stomach ulceration, bleeding and kidney failure.
In addition to drug treatment, there are alternative ways to manage pain. The use of hot and cold compresses can aid in relief. Heat can reduce muscle spasms by increasing blood flow to the area, and cold reduces inflammation in the area.
Acu-Cell has several suggestions for relieving pain that involve supplements and herbal interventions. It suggests using massage oils on the affected muscle area and using magnesium and calcium supplements to reduce muscle spasms. Before taking steps to treat and relive muscle pain, first consult with a physician.Learn More
Over-the-counter medications that contain lidocaine, hydrocortisone and witch hazel may reduce the pain and itching associated with hemorrhoids, according to Mayo Clinic. To reduce discomfort caused by straining during bowel movements, some find relief with stool softeners, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center.Full Answer >
Common over-the-counter numbing creams include methyl salicylate, lidocaine, benzocaine and tetracaine. The main ingredient in popular muscle rubs, methyl salicylate contains heating and cooling agents that warm and cool aching muscles. Lidocaine, benzocaine and tetracaine are topical numbing agents commonly used by doctors and dentists during procedures.Full Answer >
The Federal Drug Administration has approved three over-the-counter medications for migraine relief as of October 2014: Excedrin Migraine, Advil Migraine and Motrin Migraine Pain, according to the National Headache Foundation. Excedrin Migraine contains caffeine, aspirin and acetaminophen. Advil Migraine and Motrin Migraine Pain contain ibuprofen.Full Answer >
There are numerous over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams available for purchase. One such cream is Cortizone-10. It reduces the symptoms of itching, redness and swelling that are associated with many skin conditions, according to Drugs.comFull Answer >