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antispasmodic

 [an″te-, an″ti-spaz-mod´ik]
1. preventing or relieving spasms.
2. an agent that prevents or relieves spasms. Called also spasmolytic.

an·ti·spas·mod·ic

(an'tē-spaz-mod'ik),
1. Preventing or alleviating muscle spasms (cramps).
2. An agent that quiets spasm.

antispasmodic

/an·ti·spas·mod·ic/ (-spaz-mod´ik)
1. preventing or relieving spasms.
2. an agent that so acts.

antispasmodic

(ăn′tē-spăz-mŏd′ĭk, ăn′tī-)
adj.
Relieving or preventing spasms, especially of smooth muscle.
n.
An antispasmodic agent. Also called spasmolytic.

antispasmodic

[-spazmod′ik]
a drug or other agent that prevents smooth muscle spasms, as in the uterus, digestive system, or urinary tract. Belladonna and dicyclomine hydrochloride are among drugs used in antispasmodic preparations. See also anticholinergic, cholinergic blocking agent.

antispasmodic

Herbal medicine
Any herb deemed useful in reducing muscle spasms.

Examples
Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), lady’s slipper (Cypripedium pubescens), lobelia (Lobelia inflate), mistletoe (Viscum album), passion flower (Passiflora incarnate), skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and wild yam root (Dioscora villosa).

antispasmodic

Pharmacology An agent that relieves spasm. See Spasmolytic.

an·ti·spas·mod·ic

(an'tē-spaz-mod'ik)
1. Preventing or alleviating muscle spasms (cramps).
2. An agent that quiets spasm.

antispasmodic

A drug which relieves sustained contraction in muscle, whether voluntary or otherwise.

Antispasmodic

Relieves mild cramping or muscle spasm.
Mentioned in: St. John's Wort

antispasmodic (anˈ·tē·spaz·mˑ·dik),

n/adj a substance that relieves cramping and spasms.

an·ti·spas·mod·ic

(an'tē-spaz-mod'ik)
1. Preventing or alleviating muscle spasms (cramps).
2. An agent that quiets spasm.

antispasmodic (an´tīspazmod´ik),

n (antispastic), a drug that relieves muscle spasms.

antispasmodic

1. preventing or relieving spasms.
2. an agent that prevents or relieves spasms. Said of parasympatholytic drugs used in the treatment of gastrointestinal or urinary tract disorders. Called also spasmolytics.
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The clinical relevance of the antispasmodic data is limited because the antispasmodics found effective for abdominal pain aren't available in the United States.
Effective antispasmodics aren't available in the United States
A total of 35 trials were included in this review: 9 trials compared fibre with either a placebo or no treatment, 19 trials compared antispasmodics with placebo, 4 trials compared peppermint oil with placebo, and 3 trials compared both fibre and antispasmodics with placebo.
Primary outcomes for this review were the efficacy of fibre, antispasmodics and peppermint oil in reducing or curing either global symptoms or abdominal pain associated with IBS.
The tablets contain the ingredient hyoscine N-butylbromide, an antispasmodic used to relieve colicky abdominal pain that is caused by painful spasms in the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract.
Fibre, antispasmodics and peppermint oil were all found to be effective treatments for IBS and none of the treatments had serious adverse effects.
The researchers further analysed 22 studies comparing various antispasmodics with placebo in 1778 patients.
Another very common herb with antispasmodic properties, peppermint inhibits smooth muscle contraction.
Ginger, too, has antispasmodic effects in the lower GI tract.
Have the oral meds stopped working, or do other medications make the antispasmodics less effective?
Drug treatment for patients with diarrheal symptoms usually starts with either an antispasmodic or an antidiarrheal agent; in some cases, the two classes are used together.