Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neuro/psych

Parafon Forte DSC 

(chlorzoxazone)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neuro/psych
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Relieves muscle pain caused by spasms.

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Our bottom line

While Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) can be used to treat muscle pain, it can have bad side effects.

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Best available price for 90 (500mg) tablets of chlorzoxazone

Upsides

  • Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) works just as well as other medicines used for muscle pain caused by spasms.
  • Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) is available in generic.

Downsides

  • For muscle pain such as back or neck pain, anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen or naproxen are preferred over Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone).
  • Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) is not recommended if you're over 65 because it can make you more sleepy and more likely to break your bones.
  • Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) works best with physical therapy and rest.
How it works

Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) reduces muscle spasms by interrupting signals sent from your spinal cord to your muscle.

What to expect when you take Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) for Muscle pain

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Side effect rates for Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)

Risks and Warnings for Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) with Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)

    People have suffered liver damage while taking Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone). This is very rare. Symptoms include fever, rash, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, dark urine or yellowing of the skin and eyes. Call your doctor right away if this happens.

Common concerns from people taking Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)

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Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics because it can slow your breathing.
  • Don't use with narcotics, anxiety medicines, antihistamines, and alcohol. The combination can slow down your breathing and be deadly. Talk to your doctor if you should change how you take your other medicines while you take Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone).
Kidneys and liver
  • Can harm your liver so avoid use with Tylenol or other medicines that also affect your liver.
Pain
  • For muscle pain such as back or neck pain, anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen or naproxen are preferred over Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone).
Sleep
  • Can make you sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Get good sleep before taking it