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Parafon Forte DSC Alternatives

(chlorzoxazone)

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Compare Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) or used for similar purposes.

Parafon Forte DSC
(chlorzoxazone)

Robaxin
(methocarbamol)

Flexeril
(cyclobenzaprine)

Soma
(carisoprodol)

Lioresal
(baclofen)

Skelaxin
(metaxalone)

Norflex
(orphenadrine)

Zanaflex
(tizanidine)

Relieves muscle pain caused by spasms. While Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) can be used to treat muscle pain, it can have bad side effects.Coming soon.Relaxes your muscles. Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is widely used to treat muscle spasms and is available as a generic, but it shouldn't be used long-term.Relaxes your muscles. Soma (carisoprodol) is used for muscle spasms and muscle pain but it's not considered a first-choice treatment and not meant for long-term therapy.Relaxes your muscles. Lioresal (baclofen) is a first choice treatment for muscle spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries, but it's not recommended for other types of muscle spasms.Relaxes your muscles. Skelaxin (metaxalone) is used for muscle spasms and musculoskeletal pain with mixed results.Coming soon.Relaxes your muscles. Zanaflex (tizanidine) isn't a first-choice treatment for muscle spasticity. Try other options before using this.
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Have you used Robaxin (methocarbamol)?
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Reviews for Flexeril
66%
-16% worse vs. chlorzoxazone
37%
+38% better vs. chlorzoxazone
14%
-11% worse vs. chlorzoxazone
1064 reviews
Have you used Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)?
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Reviews for Soma
61%
-11% worse vs. chlorzoxazone
39%
+36% better vs. chlorzoxazone
9%
-16% worse vs. chlorzoxazone
220 reviews
Have you used Soma (carisoprodol)?
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Reviews for baclofen
61%
-11% worse vs. chlorzoxazone
55%
+20% better vs. chlorzoxazone
15%
-10% worse vs. chlorzoxazone
Have you used Lioresal (baclofen)?
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Have you used Norflex (orphenadrine)?
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Reviews for Zanaflex
81%
-31% worse vs. chlorzoxazone
73%
+2% better vs. chlorzoxazone
19%
-6% worse vs. chlorzoxazone
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Side effects
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The chlorzoxazone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about chlorzoxazone side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Robaxin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Robaxin »
  • Dry mouth 4%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Sleepiness 100%
  • Headache 17%
  • Dry throat 8%
  • Acne 6%
  • Disturbance in attention 6%
  • Drowsiness 18%
More Flexeril side effects »
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Dizziness 6%
  • Headache 3%
More Soma side effects »
  • Drowsiness 27%
More baclofen side effects »

The Skelaxin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Skelaxin side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Norflex side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Norflex »
  • Dry mouth 39%
  • Sleepiness 38%
  • Weakness 25%
  • Dizziness 12%
  • Urinary tract infection 3%
  • General infection 1%
  • Liver test abnormality 4%
  • Constipation 3%
  • Hay fever 1%
  • Speech disorder 3%
More Zanaflex side effects »
How it works
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Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) reduces muscle spasms by interrupting signals sent from your spinal cord to your muscle.Coming soon.Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a muscle relaxer. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms without interfering with normal muscle function.Soma (carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms.Lioresal (baclofen) is a gamma-aminobutryic acid (GABA) agonist. It's not clear how it works, but GABA is believed to help calm down nerves. Muscle spasms are thought to be started by overactive nerves.How Skelaxin (metaxalone) works is not exactly known. It is believed that it works on the brain to help relieve muscle pain and relax muscles.Coming soon.Zanaflex (tizanidine) is an alpha2-adrenergic agonist that works in the nervous system to calm down muscle spasticity.
Type of medication
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Available as
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  • Liquid
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  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for
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  • Musculoskeletal Pain Spasm Tetanus
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) with Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
  • Alcohol
  • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines
  • Allergies to muscle relaxants
Detailed Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    • Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)
    • Taking other medications for your mood
    • Alcohol or drug use
    • Age over 65 years
    • Recent heart attack
    Detailed Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) risks & warnings »
    • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
    • Recreational drug use
    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Elderly
    • Prior history of drug abuse
    Detailed Soma (carisoprodol) risks & warnings »
    • Stopping Lioresal (baclofen) too quickly
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • Age 65 or greater
    • Higher dose
    Detailed Lioresal (baclofen) risks & warnings »
    • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
    • Recreational drug use
    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Taking antidepressants
    • Higher than recommended doses of Skelaxin (metaxalone)
    Detailed Skelaxin (metaxalone) risks & warnings »
      Coming soon.
      • Taking maximum doses of Zanaflex (tizanidine)
      • Age 65 years or older
      • Currently on blood pressure control medications
      • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
      • Recreational drug use
      Detailed Zanaflex (tizanidine) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

      The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Alcohol
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      • 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).
      • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics because it can slow your breathing.
      No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.
      • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
      • Avoid drinking alcohol while on Lioresal (baclofen) because it can make you very sleepy or slow your breathing down.
      No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.
      Food
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      • Can be taken with or without food. However, Skelaxin (metaxalone) may be stronger when taken with food, especially if you are older. Be on the lookout for more pronounced drowsiness or sleepiness.
      No food related info.
      • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent since food affects how the medication is absorbed and works.
      • Need to be consistent every day in taking this with or without food.
      Kidneys and liver
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      • Can harm your liver so avoid use with Tylenol or other medicines that also affect your liver.
      No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
      • People who have any liver or kidney problems should not use Skelaxin (metaxalone). Skelaxin (metaxalone) is broken down by the liver, and eliminated from the body via the kidneys. If either of those are not working at their best, you could have high levels of Skelaxin (metaxalone) in your body and more side effects.Your liver could also worsen. Talk to your doctor as you may need to get routine blood test for your liver and kidneys if you already have liver/kidney problems.
      No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
      Pain
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      • For muscle pain such as back or neck pain, anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen or naproxen are preferred over Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone).
      No pain related info.
      • Can relieve pain associated with muscle spasms.
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      Sleep
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      • Can make you sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
      No sleep related info.
      • Taking Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) may make you feel dizzy or sleepy for the first few days. Avoid driving or other activities requiring concentration until you know how your body responds to the medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these symptoms bother you.
      • Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) can make you feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
      No sleep related info.
      • Lioresal (baclofen) can make you feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
      • Taking Skelaxin (metaxalone) with alcohol or narcotics can worsen the drowsiness.
      • Can make you very drowsy or sleepy
      No sleep related info.
      • Taking Zanaflex (tizanidine) can make you feel sleepy and dizzy, especially if you're taking other medications that can also make you feel sleepy, or if you're taking recreational drugs or drinking too much alcohol. Avoid driving or doing other tasks that require concentration until you know how this medication affects you.
      • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and dry mouth.
      Upsides and benefits
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      • 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.
      Coming soon
      • Can relieve pain associated with muscle spasms.
      • Available as a generic medication.
      • Can be used by pregnant women, but talk to your doctor about it first.
      • Patients treated with Soma (carisoprodol) experienced improvement in function.
      • Available in generic.
      • Available in two different strengths.
      • A better option for seniors compared to other muscle relaxants since it has fewer side effects than other similar medicines.
      • Lioresal (baclofen) is available as a generic and is a relatively inexpensive medication.
      • Can be used for muscle spasms and muscle pain if other medications have not worked.
      • Available as generic.
      • Slightly less sedation and side effects compared to other muscle relaxants.
      Coming soon
      • Relieves muscle spasticity.
      • Available as a generic.
      • Available in a tablet or capsule form. It also comes in a capsule that can be opened and sprinkled in applesauce for people that can't swallow pills.
      Downsides and risks
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      • 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.
      Coming soon
      • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
      • Not meant for long-term therapy.
      • Not recommended in elderly patients, people with glaucoma, or in people with heart conditions (like rhythm problems, heart failure, or recent heart attack).
      • Can make you have dry mouth.
      • Not effective for muscle spasms caused by brain or spinal injuries.
      • Not first choice for treating muscle spasms or muscle pain, because it can cause dependence.
      • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
      • Not meant for long-term therapy, because it hasn't been shown to be effective after taking it for a short period.
      • Can cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it suddenly.
      • Except for specific muscle spasms caused by brain injury or multiple sclerosis, Lioresal (baclofen) is not a recommended medicine.
      • If you've been taking Lioresal (baclofen) regularly for a long time, you'll need to get off of it slowly.
      • Lioresal (baclofen) can make you sleepy.
      • If you've had a stroke, Lioresal (baclofen) may not work as well, and you're more likely to experience side effects.
      • Effects don't last that long. You need to take Skelaxin (metaxalone) up to 3-4 times daily.
      • Several studies showed mixed results when Skelaxin (metaxalone) was compared with a sugar pill for treatment of muscle spasms and musculoskeletal pain.
      • Can make you very drowsy or sleepy
      • Even though a generic is available, it is still fairly expensive.
      Coming soon
      • This isn't a first-choice muscle relaxing medication. Other drugs work better and have fewer side effects.
      • Takes over an hour to kick in and only lasts 3 to 6 hours.
      • Zanaflex (tizanidine) can lower blood pressure, so be careful if you are already on a blood pressure medication.
      • Need to be consistent every day in taking this with or without food.
      • Elderly individuals have more side effects when taking Zanaflex (tizanidine).
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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      • A by-product of Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) can turn your urine orange or red. It happens rarely and is harmless.
      • Can make you sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
      • Can harm your liver so avoid use with Tylenol or other medicines that also affect your liver.
      • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics because it can slow your breathing.
      Coming soon
      • Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) can make you feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
      • Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is not meant to be used long-term. It should be used for only 2 to 3 weeks maximum.
      • Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) can cause dry mouth.
      • Take it roughly at the same time every day.
      • If you are using the capsules, you may swallow it whole or sprinkle contents on a tablespoon of applesauce and swallow immediately without chewing.
      • Take the medication at the same time each day.
      • Soma (carisoprodol) is not meant to be used long-term. It should be used for only 2 to 3 weeks maximum.
      • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, and sleepiness.
      • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
      • Soma (carisoprodol) can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
      • Lioresal (baclofen) can make you feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
      • Don't stop taking Lioresal (baclofen) suddenly without talking to your doctor if you've been on it for a long time. It can be dangerous. Your doctor will help you get off it slowly over time.
      • Avoid drinking alcohol while on Lioresal (baclofen) because it can make you very sleepy or slow your breathing down.
      • Can be taken with or without food. However, Skelaxin (metaxalone) may be stronger when taken with food, especially if you are older. Be on the lookout for more pronounced drowsiness or sleepiness.
      • Skelaxin (metaxalone) can make you feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
      • Taking Skelaxin (metaxalone) with alcohol or narcotics can worsen the drowsiness.
      • Skelaxin (metaxalone) can also have a more pronounced effect on women.
      Coming soon
      • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and dry mouth.
      • Avoid activities requiring mental alertness (like driving) until you know how it affects you.
      • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent since food affects how the medication is absorbed and works.
      • The tablets are not the same as the capsules. This could mean differences in how your body reacts to it, or how it works for you.
      • If you have been on Zanaflex (tizanidine) for a long period of time, you should not stop this abruptly. This can result in rebound high blood pressure, muscle spasticity or fast heart beat. Talk to your doctor about how to slowly lower your dose.
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      More about chlorzoxazoneSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
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