What is Dantrolene?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Dantrium Dantamacrin

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Dantrolene is a muscle relaxant used to treat spasticity associated with upper motor neuron disorders; to prevent and treat malignant hyperthermia. It may also be used for neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a life-threatening disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to certain drugs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/Spasticity 25 16
Muscle tension 4 8
Multiple Sclerosis 2 7
Muscle spasms 2 9
Chronic Neuralgia 1 1
Chronic pain 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 6
Mild 6
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dantrolene

Side effect Patients
Seizures 2
Constipation 1
Drowsiness 1
Dry mouth 1
Elevated liver enzymes 1
Loopy feeling 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dantrolene

Dosage Patients
25 mg twice daily 2
75 mg daily 1
25 mg five times daily 1
75 mg three times daily 1
100 mg four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Dantrolene

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 3
Other 3
Side effects too severe 3
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Dantrolene

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped taking Dantrolene

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 16
Usually 10
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 20
Not specified 7

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dantrolene after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 2
Muscle relaxants 1

Patients stopped taking Dantrolene and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Dantrolene

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nsingle1
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nsingle1
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Mar 16, 2017 (Started Sep 17, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle tension)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2016 (Started Sep 17, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle tension)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 25, 2016 (Started Sep 17, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle tension)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 5, 2016 (Started Sep 17, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 10, 2016 (Started Sep 17, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 14, 2016 (Started Sep 17, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 11, 2015 (Started Sep 17, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 13, 2015 (Started Sep 17, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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gecc4
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gecc4
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Jan 15, 2009 (Started Mar 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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steack2
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
44 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
GAD

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Feb 1, 1995 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Chronic Neuralgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Weakness in legs)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I cold 't feel my legs i was close to fall in stairs

  • 0 helpful marks
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