is a skeletal muscle
relaxant that is used in treating different kinds of muscle spasms causing discomfort or unbearable pain to individuals. It works through the spinal cord
and depresses the reflexes to prevent the spasms. It also blocks pain sensations being transmitted to the brain
Chlorzoxazon is used to relax the muscles and helps to relieve pain due to sprains
, spasms, strains, arthritis
and other muscle problems. This medication is usually combined with physical therapy and is being distributed under the brand names Parafon Forte, Paraflex, Remular-S and Relaxazone.
This medication is usually taken orally 3 to 4 times a day. The dosage depends on the patient's medical condition and response to the medication. Dosage is reduced once the patient is responding well to the treatment.
It is best to take the medication after meals with a glass of water to avoid stomach
upset. If you miss a dose, immediately take it. But never use more than the prescribed dose at one time to compensate for the missed dose.
Symptoms of overdose include vomiting
, wamble, headache
and low blood
pressure. If any of these symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately to avoid the risks of serious health problems.
Some common side effects associated with using Chlorzoxazon include dizziness
, upset stomach, constipation
, pyrosis and headache. This medication may also cause some liver
problems that result in pyrexia, unusual fatigue, yellowing of skin and eyes. If any of these symptoms occur, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.
Prior to taking Chlorzoxazon, inform your doctor about your medical history, including any allergies
to medications, stomach problems, liver problems and other health disorders.
This medication is known to cause dizziness and drowsiness so avoid any activity that requires normal alertness such as operating machines, driving and extreme sports.
It is also best to avoid alcoholic beverages while taking this medication because it only increases the risk of side effects and hampers the effectiveness of the medication.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers should talk with their doctor before using the medication. Discuss the benefits of the medication and the risks, especially to the baby.
Also tell your doctor about all other prescribed and non-prescribed medications you are taking, especially those that cause drowsiness such as sleep pills, pain relievers, cough
medicines and medications that are used to treat mental conditions. Your doctor also needs to know of any herbal medicines or vitamins you are taking.
This medication provides temporary relief of certain muscle disorders. It is still necessary to have sufficient rest and maintain the physical therapy program or exercises to obtain the full benefits of the medication. Follow the treatment process according to your doctor's advice. This medication should never be used without consultation with a doctor. Never share prescription medications with others.
Chlorzoxazon has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of chlorzoxazon is C7H4ClNO2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 5-chloro-3H-benzooxazol-2-one
• Molecular weight is 169.565 g/mol
• Chlorzoxazon available : 500mg tablets