Muscle Relaxants

baclofen - Lioresal ® carisprodol - Soma ®
cyclobenzaprine - Flexeril ® dantrolene - Dantrium ®
Diazepam - Valium ® Metaxalone - Skelaxin ®
Methocarbamol - Robaxin ® Orphenadrine - Norflex ®
Tizanidine - Zanaflex ®  
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baclofen  -  Lioresal ®  top of page

Dosing (Adults)
: Start 5 mg orally three times daily, increase every 3 days to 20 mg orally three times daily. Max dose: 20 mg orally four times daily (80mg/day).
Hiccups (unlabeled use): 10-20 mg 2-3 times/day.

Intrathecal: Test dose: 50-100 mcg, doses >50 mcg should be given in 25 mcg increments, separated by 24 hours. A screening dose of 25 mcg may be considered in very small patients. Patients not responding to screening dose of 100 mcg should not be considered for chronic infusion/implanted pump. Maintenance: After positive response to test dose, a maintenance intrathecal infusion can be administered via an implanted intrathecal pump. Initial dose via pump: Infusion at a 24-hourly rate dosed at twice the test dose. Avoid abrupt discontinuation.

Supplied: Injection (soln) intrathecal [preservative free] (Lioresal®): 50 mcg/mL (1 mL); 500 mcg/mL (20 mL); 2000 mcg/mL (5 mL). Tablet: 10 mg, 20 mg

PK: Onset of action: 3-4 days. Peak effect: 5-10 days.

carisprodol  -  Soma ®  top of page

Dosing (Adults):  350 mg orally 3 to 4 times daily

cyclobenzaprine -  Flexeril ®  top of page

Dosing (Adults)Usual dose: 10 mg orally three times daily. Max: 60 mg/day.
[Oral: Initial: 5 mg 3 times/day; may increase to 10 mg 3 times/day if needed. Do not use longer than 2-3 weeks.]

Mild: 5 mg 3 times/day; use with caution and titrate slowly.
Moderate to severe: Use not recommended.

PK: Onset of action: ~1 hour.

dantrolene  - Dantrium ® top of page

Dosing (Adults)
The minimum initial recommended dose for MALIGNANT HYPERTHERMIA is 1 milligram/kilogram by rapid intravenous injection. If symptoms persist or reappear, the dose may be repeated, to a cumulative dose of 10 milligrams/kilogram. Reversal is usually achieved with a cumulative dose of 2.5 milligrams/kilogram. Oral doses of 1 to 2 milligrams/kilogram 4 times daily for 1 to 3 days may be necessary to prevent recurrence malignant hyperthermia symptoms.

For POST CRISIS FOLLOW-UP OF MALIGNANT HYPERTHERMIA, if oral dantrolene cannot be administered, intravenous dantrolene beginning with 1 milligram/kilogram is recommended. This may be increased as the clinical situation dictates. 

Spasticity: Oral: 25 mg/day to start, increase frequency to 2-4 times/day, then increase dose by 25 mg every 4-7 days to a maximum of 100 mg 2-4 times/day or 400 mg/day.

Malignant hyperthermia:
- Preoperative prophylaxis: Oral: 4-8 mg/kg/day in 4 divided doses, begin 1-2 days prior to surgery with last dose 3-4 hours prior to surgery. I.V.: 2.5 mg/kg ~1.25 hours prior to anesthesia and infused over 1 hour with additional doses as needed and individualized.
- Crisis: I.V.: 2.5 mg/kg; may repeat dose up to cumulative dose of 10 mg/kg; if physiologic and metabolic abnormalities reappear, repeat regimen.

- Postcrisis follow-up: Oral: 4-8 mg/kg/day in 4 divided doses for 1-3 days; I.V. dantrolene may be used when oral therapy is not practical; individualize dosage beginning with 1 mg/kg or more as the clinical situation dictates.

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (unlabeled use): IV: 1 mg/kg; may repeat dose up to maximum cumulative dose of 10 mg/kg, then switch to oral dosage. Administration - IV: Therapeutic or emergency dose can be administered with rapid continuous I.V. push. Follow-up doses should be administered over 2-3 minutes.

Supplied: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg capsule. Injection (powder for reconstitution): 20 mg vial.

Diazepam  - Valium ®  top of page

Dosing (Adults):  2-10 mg orally 3 to 4 times daily.
Sustained release: 15-30 mg orally once daily.

Metaxalone -  Skelaxin ®  top of page

Dosing (Adults)
800 mg orally 3 to 4 times daily

Methocarbamol  - Robaxin ®  top of page

Dosing (Adults)
Muscle spasm:
Oral: 1.5 g 4 times/day for 2-3 days (up to 8 g/day may be given in severe conditions), then decrease to 4-4.5 g/day in 3-6 divided doses
I.M., I.V.: 1 g every 8 hours if oral not possible; injection should not be used for more than 3 consecutive days. If condition persists, may repeat course of therapy after a drug-free interval of 48 hours.

Dosing: ELDERLY — Muscle spasm: Oral: Initial: 500 mg 4 times/day; titrate to response

Tetanus: I.V.: Initial dose: 1-3 g; may repeat dose every 6 hours until oral dosing is possible; injection should not be used for more than 3 consecutive days

Administration:  (Injection:)
I.M.: A maximum of 5 mL can be administered into each gluteal region.
I.V.: Maximum rate: 3 mL/minute; should not be used for more than 3 consecutive days; may be administered undiluted. Monitor closely for extravasation. Administer I.V. while in recumbent position. Maintain position 15-30 minutes following infusion.

Orphenadrine -  Norflex ®  top of page

Dosing (Adults):  100 mg orally twice daily.

Tizanidine -  Zanaflex ®  top of page

Dosing (Adults)
Spasticity: 4-8 mg orally every 6 to 8 hours as needed.
 Maximum: 36 mg/day.
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David F. McAuley, Pharm.D., R.Ph.  GlobalRPh Inc.
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