Generic Name(s): Dantrolene
Drug Class: Skeletal muscle relaxant
Treats: Muscle spasms, muscle stiffness, high fever
Dantrium, a muscle relaxant, is used in treating muscle spasticity (spasms and stiffness). Muscle spasticity results from conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, or spinal cord injury. Dantrium works by preventing stiffness in muscles that normally result from a rapid rise in temperature (malignant hyperthermia) that can take place during surgery after use of some types of anesthesia. Relaxing muscles and preventing spasms helps in reducing pain and discomfort.
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Dantrium is administered to treat patients with muscle cramping and tightness resulting from nerve disorders like stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. This drug relaxes the muscles and helps reduce stiffness and pain, thereby improving one's ability to move freely. One is also able to increase their daily activities. This medication can also be administered with other drugs in the prevention or treatment of special cases of high fever resulting from anesthesia and surgery.
Below you will find the uses for Dantrium:
- Muscle spasticity
Dantrium dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional's directions carefully for best results.
- For the treatment of Chronic Spasticity: 25 mg once every day, followed by 25 mg 3 times a day for seven days, then 50 mg 3 times a day for seven days
Dantrium Side Effects
Dantrium, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Dantrium, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
- Vision changes
- Trouble swallowing
- Urination problems
- Faster heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Swelling of ankles
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Dantrium. As with all drugs, before taking Dantrium, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.
- Sleep or anxiety drugs
- Other muscle relaxants
- Narcotic pain relievers