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Parafon Forte DSC Alternatives

(chlorzoxazone)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neuro/psych
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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 widely used to treat muscle spasms and is available as a generic, but it's not considered a first-choice treatment for muscle spasms. It's also 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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Relaxes your muscles. Zanaflex (Tizanidine) isn't a first-choice treatment for muscle spasms. Try other options before using this.
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Reviews for Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
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Have you used Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)?
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Reviews for Robaxin (methocarbamol)
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+17% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
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-64% worse vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
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+25% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
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Reviews for Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)
66%
+16% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
37%
-38% worse vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
14%
+11% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
1064 reviews
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Reviews for Soma (carisoprodol)
61%
+11% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
39%
-36% worse vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
9%
+16% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
220 reviews
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Reviews for Lioresal (baclofen)
61%
+11% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
55%
-20% worse vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
15%
+10% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
Have you used Lioresal (baclofen)?
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Reviews for Skelaxin (metaxalone)
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+50% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
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-25% worse vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
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+25% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
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Reviews for Norflex (orphenadrine)
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-10% worse vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
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-55% worse vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
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+5% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
Have you used Norflex (orphenadrine)?
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Reviews for Zanaflex (tizanidine)
81%
+31% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
73%
-2% worse vs. Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
19%
+6% better vs. Parafon Forte DSC (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.

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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%
  • Drowsiness 100%
  • Headache nos 17%
  • Dry throat 8%
  • Acne nos 6%
  • Disturbance in attention 6%
More Flexeril side effects »
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Dizziness 6%
  • Hedache 3%
  • Central nervous system reactions 2%
More Soma side effects »
  • Drowsiness 27%
More baclofen side effects »

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

FDA side effect reports for Skelaxin »

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

FDA side effect reports for Norflex »

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

FDA side effect reports for Zanaflex »
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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Zanaflex (Tizanidine) is a muscle relaxer. It works in the nervous system to calm down muscle spasms without interfering with normal muscle function.
Type of medication
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Available as
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  • Extended release
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  • Extended release
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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 »
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    • Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) 14 days before starting
    • Taking other medications for your mood
    • Alcohol or drug use
    • Age over 65
    • Taking tramadol
    Detailed Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) risks & warnings »
    • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
    • Recreational drug use
    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Prior history of drug abuse
    • Prior history of overdoses of drugs of abuse, recreational drugs or alcohol
    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 »
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        Coming soon.
        • Age 65 years or older
        • Taking with alcohol
        • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
        • Age 65 or greater
        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 haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

        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.

        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.

        Alcohol
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        • 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).
        No alcohol related info.
        • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
        • 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.
        • Don't drink alcohol while using this.
        Food
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        • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent in how you take it every day.
        • Need to be consistent every day in taking this with or without food.
        • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent since food affects how the medication is absorbed and works.
        Kidneys and liver
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        • Can harm your liver so avoid use with Tylenol or other medicines that also affect your liver.
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        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).
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        • Can relieve pain associated with muscle spasms.
        • Can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
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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, especially if you drink a lot of alcohol or take recreational drugs. Your body should adjust to this, however, 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.
        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.
        No sleep related info.No sleep related info.
        • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and dry mouth.
        • Can cause extreme drowsiness or dizziness if you are taking meds for high blood pressure.
        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.
        • Available in generic.
        • Available in two different strengths, although the smaller strength is only available as brand name and thus more expensive.
        • 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.
        Coming soonComing soon
        • Relieves muscle spasms well.
        • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent in how you take it every day.
        • 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.
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        • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
        • Not meant for long-term therapy.
        • Not recommended in elderly patients, people with glaucoma, or in people with recent heart issues (like rhythm problems, heart failure, or heart attack).
        • Not first line for treating muscle spasms.
        • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
        • Not meant for long term therapy.
        • Can cause dependence and 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.
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        • This isn't a first-choice muscle relaxing medication. Other drugs work better and have fewer side effects.
        • 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).
        • Can't stop taking this abruptly if you use it regularly.
        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
        • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, and sleepiness.
        • Take the medication at the same time each day.
        • Not to be used for long-term treatment.
        • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
        • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, and sleepiness.
        • Take the medication at the same time each day.
        • Not to be used for long-term treatment (2 to 3 weeks maximum)
        • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
        • 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.
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        • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and dry mouth.
        • Avoid activities requiring mental alertness (like driving) until you know how it affects you.
        • Can cause extreme drowsiness or dizziness if you are taking meds for high blood pressure.
        • Side effects are more prevalent in the elderly.
        • Don't drink alcohol while using this.
        • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent since food affects how the medication is absorbed and works.
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