Muscle Relaxant Use Among Hemodialysis Patients: Prevalence, Clinical Indications, and Adverse Outcomes.

Affiliation

Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA; Division of Nephrology, San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Francisco, CA. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Muscle relaxants are often used to treat musculoskeletal pain or cramping, which are commonly experienced by hemodialysis patients. However, the extent to which muscle relaxants are prescribed in this population and the risks associated with their use have not been characterized.

Keywords

Muscle relaxant,US Renal Data System (USRDS),altered mental status,back pain,cramps,cyclobenzaprine,drug safety,fall,fracture,hemodialysis,muscle spasticity,musculoskeletal pain,prescribing patterns,

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