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What are the special precautions for dantrolene (Dantrium)?

You should be aware of special precautions before taking dantrolene (Dantrium). Your doctor and pharmacist should discuss with you the following:
  • Do not take dantrolene if you know you are allergic to it or any other muscle relaxer.
  • Make sure you tell your doctor and pharmacist every nonprescription substance you are taking, including vitamins, aspirin or any dietary supplements, including any prescription drugs you are taking.
  • Dantrolene may interact with other drugs, such as those for allergies, colds or coughs, diazepam (Valium), seizure medications, estrogen, sleeping pills, sedatives, tranquilizers and vitamins.
  • Make sure you tell your doctor if you have liver, heart, rheumatic or lung disease.
  • Make sure you tell your doctor about your plans to get pregnant, if you are currently pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. Dantrolene might cause harm to a developing baby.
  • Dantrolene may cause drowsiness, so do not operate machinery or drink alcohol.
  • Dantrolene can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so wear sunscreen.

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