Compare chlorzoxazone vs. Soma

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Relieves muscle pain caused by spasms.

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

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.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 220 reviewsforSoma
  • 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.
  • Patients treated with Soma (carisoprodol) experienced improvement in function.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in two different strengths.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Side effects
The Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
3possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
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Risks and risk factors
  • Liver damage
    • Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) with Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
  • Central nervous system depression
    • Alcohol
    • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines
  • Skin rashes
    • Allergies to muscle relaxants
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  • Sleepiness and dizziness
    • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
    • Recreational drug use
    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Elderly
  • Abuse, dependence and withdrawal
    • Prior history of drug abuse
    • Taking Soma (carisoprodol) for a long time
  • Seizures
    • Prior history of overdoses of drugs of abuse, recreational drugs, or alcohol
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