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Which muscle relaxants can be purchased over the counter?

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Muscle relaxants are not available over the counter, and a physician must prescribe them, states MedlinePlus and Healthline. The physician may combine them with non-prescription products such as acetaminophen to relieve muscle spasms or neck and back pain. Cyclobenzaprine, methocarbamol and chlorzoxazone are effective prescription muscle relaxants, notes Healthline.

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Naproxen, ibuprofen and aspirin are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, available without a prescription, as of 2015. They lessen disc inflammation and ease arthritis symptoms, notes MedlinePlus. Patients should avoid taking these over-the-counter medications for extended periods of time. Serious side effects, such as ulcers, bleeding and damage to the kidneys or liver, may develop from long-term use or overdosing.

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