Muscles tend to seize up after an injury (called a muscle spasm). Spasms can get painful and may limit your activities. Sometimes skeletal muscle relaxants are prescribed in conjunction with physical therapy and rest to ease tension and help you make progress with exercises. Research comparing the different types of muscle relaxers shows that for the most part, they all work equally. So deciding on which one is about anticipating side effects and drug interactions and considering your preferences. All skeletal muscle relaxers cause drowsiness and dizziness, so don't drive when you take them.
Carisoprodol is available generically, and also comes in 3 brands:
Carisoprodol is very similar to Skelaxin. Remember is is crucial to talk to your doctor about which medication will be best for you -- give him your complete history including all medications and supplements you are currently taking. For more information about carisoprodol, visit the Drug Finder
Most of the research on muscle relaxants have been done on cyclobenzaprine. Comparisons of the various types have not shown any one of them to be superior to the others. Therefore, as with skelaxin and carisoprodol, your doctor's decision to prescribe Flexeril for you may be based on the anticipated side effects, your preference and potential drug interactions.