Compare Flexeril vs. chlorzoxazone
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is widely used to treat muscle spasms and is available as a generic, but it shouldn't be used long-term.
While Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone) can be used to treat muscle pain, it can have bad side effects.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- Dry mouth6%
- Serotonin syndrome
- Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)
- Taking other medications for your mood
- Dizziness and sleepiness
- Alcohol or drug use
- Age over 65 years
- Heart attack or stroke
- Recent heart attack
- Heart rhythm problems
- Heart failure
- Older than 65 years
- Overactive Thyroid
- Overactive thyroid
- Liver damage
- Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) with Parafon Forte DSC (chlorzoxazone)
- Central nervous system depression
- Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines
- Skin rashes
- Allergies to muscle relaxants