Compare chlorzoxazone vs. Valium

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Valium (diazepam)

Prescription only
Relieves muscle pain caused by spasms.

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

Helps you relax.

Valium (diazepam) is effective for occasional or short-term use for anxiety and muscle spasm. Compared to similar drugs, Valium (diazepam) acts very quickly but can have interactions with other medicines.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 976 reviewsforValium
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.
  • Valium (diazepam) effectively relieves anxiety and muscle spasms.
  • Valium (diazepam) has less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other similar drugs.
  • Works very quickly.
  • 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.
  • Use of Valium (diazepam) can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Valium (diazepam) can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment.
  • Most people find that their body will get used to Valium (diazepam) levels and they may need higher doses over time to achieve the same effect.
  • People with severe liver problems should not take Valium (diazepam). Several drugs can also interfere with how Valium (diazepam) works.
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saidit'sworth it
53%
saiditworked well
15%
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Side effects
The Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Valium (diazepam) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Decreased breathing from use with opioids
    • Taking Valium (diazepam) with opioids, drugs or alcohol
    • Using Valium (diazepam) for a longer duration and at high doses
  • Dependence and withdrawal
    • History of substance abuse
    • Taking with alcohol or drugs
    • Taking long-term
    • Taking a higher dose
    • Stopping Valium (diazepam) suddenly
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol use with Valium (diazepam)
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Drug interactions
    • Current liver problems
    • Taking Tagamet, ketoconazole, Prozac, Prilosec
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