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Dantrolene is a medication prescribed for people who have muscle spasms caused by certain neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis. It is also licensed to treat or prevent a potentially dangerous condition called malignant hyperthermia. The drug comes in the form of a capsule or intravenous injection that is given slowly into a vein. Dizziness, drowsiness, and weakness are some of the common side effects.
What Is Dantrolene?Dantrolene sodium (Dantrium®) is a prescription medication approved to control muscle spasms and stiffness (spasticity) associated with certain medical conditions, such as spinal cord injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, or multiple sclerosis. It is also approved to prevent or treat a rare condition known as malignant hyperthermia, which is a severe reaction to general anesthesia that causes high fever and muscle rigidity.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, dantrolene can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it well.
- General feelings of discomfort.