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Parafon Forte DSC

Generic Name: Chlorzoxazone (klor-ZOX-uh-zone)Brand Name: Parafon Forte DSC

Parafon Forte DSC is used for:

Treating pain caused by muscle spasms. It is used in combination with rest, physical therapy, and other measures.

Parafon Forte DSC is a skeletal muscle relaxant. Exactly how it works is unknown, but it is thought to work in the brain and spinal cord by inhibiting nerve impulses that maintain muscle spasm. This helps you by relieving pain and allowing you to move more easily.

Do NOT use Parafon Forte DSC if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Parafon Forte DSC
  • you are taking sodium oxybate (eg, GHB)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Parafon Forte DSC :

Some medical conditions may interact with Parafon Forte DSC . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems or a blood disease called porphyria

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Parafon Forte DSC . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Sodium oxybate (GHB) because the sedative effects of Parafon Forte DSC may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Parafon Forte DSC may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Parafon Forte DSC :

Use Parafon Forte DSC as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Parafon Forte DSC by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • If you miss a dose of Parafon Forte DSC , take it if it is within 1 hour since the missed dose. If it is more than 1 hour since the missed dose, skip it and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Parafon Forte DSC .

Important safety information:

  • Parafon Forte DSC may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Parafon Forte DSC with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Parafon Forte DSC ; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Parafon Forte DSC may discolor the urine orange to purple-red. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Use Parafon Forte DSC with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Parafon Forte DSC should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Parafon Forte DSC while you are pregnant. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Parafon Forte DSC , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Parafon Forte DSC :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; drowsiness; general body discomfort; lightheadedness; nausea; nervousness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; bloody or coffee-ground-like vomit; fever; weight loss; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; difficulty breathing; headache; lightheadedness; nausea; unusual drowsiness or dizziness; vomiting; weak muscles.

Proper storage of Parafon Forte DSC :

Store Parafon Forte DSC at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Parafon Forte DSC out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Parafon Forte DSC , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Parafon Forte DSC is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Parafon Forte DSC . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Parafon Forte DSC Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Parafon Forte DSC Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Parafon Forte DSC Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)
  • Parafon Forte DSC Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
  • Chlorzoxazone Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Chlorzoxazone Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)

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