Musculoskeletal disorders

Muscle spasm

(Muscle cramp)

About Muscle spasm

Muscle cramps are sudden, involuntary contractions or spasms in one or more of your muscles. They often occur after exercise or at night, lasting a few seconds to several minutes. It is a very common muscle problem.

Muscle cramps can be caused by nerves that malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction is due to a health problem, such as a spinal cord injury or a pinched nerve in the neck or back. Other causes are

  • Straining or overusing a muscle
  • Dehydration
  • A lack of minerals in your diet or the depletion of minerals in your body
  • Not enough blood getting to your muscles

Cramps can be very painful. Stretching or gently massaging the muscle can relieve this pain.

Top Medications for Muscle spasm according to our users

Button Group. All currently active

All Medications for Muscle spasm

Muscle relaxer

  • Anti-anxiety > Benzodiazepine

    • Valium
      (Diazepam)
      Prescription only

      Valium (Diazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and for pain and sleeplessness from muscle spasm. Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Rectal gel

Medication side effects for Muscle spasm

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for dizziness.

  • Soma: 8%
  • Flexeril: 19%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have dizziness

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have dizziness

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Muscle spasm

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!

What’s your best coping strategy?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!