Tizanidine

 
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What are tizanidine tablets or capsules?

TIZANIDINE (Zanaflex®) is a drug used to relax certain muscles. It can help to relieve, but not cure muscle spasms (or muscle tightening) caused by medical problems such as multiple sclerosis or injuries to the brain or spine. Generic tizanidine tablets or capsules are available.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• heart or blood vessel disease
• kidney disease
• liver disease
• low blood pressure
• mental disorder
• an unusual or allergic reaction to tizanidine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
• breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?

Take tizanidine tablets or capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets or capsules with a drink of water. Do not take with food until you have talked with your health care provider. Food can change the amount of tizanidine absorbed by the body. This can cause tizanidine not to work for you or to cause more side effects. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Check with your prescriber or health care professional before stopping your medicine; gradual dosage reduction may be needed.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Older patients (age > 65 years) may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and may need smaller doses.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with tizanidine?

• acetaminophen
• alcohol
• antihistamine medicines for colds, hay fever, or allergies
• baclofen
• benzodiazepine or sedative medicines for treating anxiety or to induce sleep
• barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures (convulsions)
• birth control pills
• medicines for high blood pressure
• medicines for mental depression or other mental disorders
• medicines for pain such codeine, morphine, hydrocodone and others
• phenytoin or fosphenytoin
• rofecoxib

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking tizanidine?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
• confusion
• dizziness or fainting spells
• excitability, nervousness
• low blood pressure
• nausea or vomiting
• slow or irregular heartbeat, palpitations, or chest pain
• stomach pain
• unusual or persistent rash
• unusual tiredness or weakness
• yellowing of the skin or eyes

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• blurred vision
• constipation
• drowsiness
• dry mouth
• tiredness or weakness

What should I watch for while taking tizanidine?

Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.
Do not suddenly stop taking tizanidine. Ask your prescriber or health care professional for advice on how to gradually reduce the dose of your medicine, before stopping completely.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how tizanidine affects you. To avoid dizzy or fainting spells, do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older person. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water will help.

Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds or allergies without asking your prescriber or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients (antihistamines) can cause drowsiness which may be additive with tizanidine.

If you are going to have surgery tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking tizanidine.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 15—30 degrees C (59—86 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.  ,

What is/are Zanaflex Capsules?

TIZANIDINE helps to relieve muscle spasms. It may be used to help in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care providers before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

kidney disease liver disease low blood pressure mental disorder an unusual or allergic reaction to tizanidine, other medicines, lactose (tablets only), foods, dyes, or preservatives pregnant or trying to get pregnant breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after food. Do not take with food unless you talk with your doctor. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. Suddenly stopping the medicine can be very dangerous.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children.

Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

Note: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following:

ciprofloxacin clonidine fluvoxamine guanabenz guanfacine methyldopa

This medicine may also interact with the following:

acyclovir alcohol antihistamines baclofen barbiturates like phenobarbital benzodiazepines cimetidine famotidine female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills medicines for high blood pressure medicines for irregular heartbeat medicines for pain like codeine, morphine, and hydrocodone medicines for sleep rofecoxib some antibiotics like levofloxacin, ofloxacin ticlopidine zileuton

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care providers a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What side effects may I notice from this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue blurred vision fainting spells hallucinations nausea or vomiting nervousness redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth slow or irregular heartbeat, palpitations, or chest pain yellowing of the skin or eyes

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

dizziness drowsiness dry mouth tiredness or weakness

This list may not describe all possible side effects.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

Where should I keep this medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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3.7
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3.8
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4.0
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4.0
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3.5
This has been helpful

before zanaflex i was having horrible muscle spasms the only down fall ive found is the dry mouth ive had no vivid or other kinda dreams that bothered me i already had high b/p so this drug hasnt affected that at all although along with ambien this medicine helps with my severe insomnia as with all meds this medicine may work for me but not another hope that this has been helpful

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Zanaflex
Medical Condition
Muscle Spasm

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1 month - 6 months
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3.5
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4.0
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3.5
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3.0
I have taken Zanaflex since 2003

I take 4mg 3 times a day sometimes but usually just at bedtime for severe back spasms. I have to have water by the bed because I get very thirsty. I find I wake up after 4 hours of sleeping and sometimes have strange dreams. I can deal with these things because I feel better and have relief from the pain of the spasms. I started taking Cymbalta as well and the two together are great for me. I have taken Zanaflex since 2003.

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Zanaflex
Medical Condition
Muscle Spasm

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