Chlorzoxazone is an orally prescribed medication that mainly relieves short-term muscle pain. It is a muscle relaxer that primarily treats muscular discomfort, cramps, and pain in general. Thus, let’s have a closer look at this medication. Chlorzoxazone is a muscle relaxant sold under the brand name Lorzon, Paraflex, and Muscol that precisely deals with muscle-related discomfort. This medication, as previously complied, is used for relieving muscle stiffness, sprain, or strain. The primary site of action of this drug is the spinal cord. As it is an oral medication, it can be consumed by ingesting it by mouth with or after eating the food three to four times a day as consulted by the doctor or physician. Do read the prescribed information given on the medication and follow the steps accordingly. Now that we are well versed with what it is, let’s look at how this medication works (Cao, Y.J and Houamed, K.M., 2001)

How Does Chlorzoxazone Work?

Chlorzoxazone, as previously mentioned, is a medication that relieves muscle pain and discomfort initially used during physiotherapy or recovery; this medication works by blocking all the nerve impulses that are sent to the brain with cause painful sensation. It mainly acts on the spinal cord by subsiding the reflexes, which lowers or reduces muscle discomfort.

 As of now, chlorzoxazone is an active agent, but the exact mode of action is not yet unrevealed. Now that we know about the mechanism of this medication let’s look at the dosage.

Dosages: How much should be Consumed?

how much dosages should be consumed

The dosage of this medication is about 500- 750mg three to four times per day. This medication is initially given as a single tablet which is then increased to one and a half depending upon the pain and recovery rate.

Pediatrics of children below the age of 12 are not recommended this medication. As every drug has its side effects, let’s focus on the side effects caused by the consumption of chlorzoxazone. 

What are the Side Effects?

As previously mentioned, every medication has its side effects; chlorzoxazone have several common as well as adverse side effects those are namely:

Common Side Effects:

These are the side effects that may or may not occur after consuming this medication; however, if so, then consult the doctor. thus, these symptoms are mainly:

  • drowsiness
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • fatigue
  • nausea or vomiting
  • dizzy or light-headedness

Thus, these are a few symptoms that may occur. However, you need not worry as these symptoms are only late for a few days. therefore, let’s take a look at the adverse effects

Adverse Effects 

These are the rare cases that may occur after consumption of this drug. If you notice any allergic reaction to this medication, stop the intake immediately; however, consult the doctor before doing so. Therefore, here are a few adverse reactions that may occur: 

  • Light-headedness or passing out.
  • Liver problems may include pain in the stomach, clay color urine, jaundice, fatigue, significantly less to no urination. 
  • Internal stomach bleeding may include blood, urine or stool, coughing blood.

In any of these cases, contact the doctor as fast as possible and follow the recommended steps. Now that we are aware of the symptoms that can occur when consuming this medication, let’s look at the vital factors that one should consider before consuming any drug.

Precautions

These are a few key points that one must keep in mind before consuming this medication or can lead to lethal side effects. Thus, these are a few medication tips that one must follow:

  • Do not consume this medication if you suffer from any diseases related to the liver and heart or can lead to hazardous effects.
  • Before consuming this medication, do parley with a doctor about all the drugs you down, as several medicines can INTERACT( however, the drug interactions are not yet disclosed) with each other that would cause trouble to oneself. Thus, if you take any sleeping pill, antidepressant, the medication that relieves arthritis, etc., consult the doctor before consuming it.
  • Do tell the doctor about all your allergies or can worsen the allergies that exist.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, contact the doctor and take the medication according to the prescription.
  • Do not consume the medication if you are below 12years and above 65years as it can take a toll on your healthy wellbeing.
  • This medication can make one Drowsy or even lead to fatigue; thus, don’t indulge in any tedious activity and rest.

Thus, these are a few things that are important and must be considered before consuming the medication.

Conclusion

Thus, this chlorzoxazone is a muscle-relaxing medication that treats all kinds of muscle pain and provides relief. However, do consider all the aspects mentioned above and consume this medication under the guidance and surveillance of the doctor(Martz, L., 2010) .
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