|Systematic (IUPAC) name|
|Routes||Oral, Topical, IM|
|Mol. mass||563.618 g/mol|
Thiocolchicoside (Muscoril, Myoril, Neoflax) is a muscle relaxant with anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. It acts as a competitive GABAA receptor antagonist and also glycine receptor antagonist with similar potency and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors to a much lesser extent. It has powerful convulsant activity and should not be used in seizure-prone individuals.
Side effect of skeletal muscle relaxants may include: sedation, drowsiness, blurred or double vision,constipation or diarrhea, dizziness and drowsiness, nervousness and confusion, dry mouth, dyspepsia (chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen, upper abdominal fullness, and feeling full earlier than expected when eating), fatigue, headache, heartburn, hiccups and nausea, insomnia, stomach cramps, trembling, vomiting, and weakness; and possible dependence following long-term use. Recent updates have expressed safety concerns related to aneuploidy (an abnormal number or arrangement of chromosomes) which is a risk factor for teratogenicity, spontaneous abortion or male infertility.
Although Musle relaxant have major side effect of Sedation, but Thiocholchicoside is free from sedation effect possible due to non-interference with nicotinic receptors.
Thiocolchicoside is broken down in the body to a metabolite called 3-demethylthiocolchicine (also known as SL59.0955 or M2) that could damage dividing cells therefore inducing toxicity in the embryo, neoplastic changes and fertility reduction in males. Therefore recommended oral dose should not exceed 7 days and intramuscular dose duration should not exceed 5 days. Local skin preparations are less toxic.
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