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What is Zanaflex?
Zanaflex is an oral tablet made up of a skeletal muscle relaxant called tizanidine. We carry this medication in both the brand choice and generic alternative in 2mg and 4mg!
What is Zanaflex used for?
Zanaflex is used to help treat spasticity in those with conditions such as multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries. Spasticity is when certain muscles are continuously contracted causing stiffness or tightness resulting in interference in movement, speech, and gait. Typically, this is caused when the portion of nervous system (brain and spinal cord) that controls voluntary movement becomes damaged. In patients with multiple sclerosis, their immune systems have begun attacking the protective layer that surrounds the nerve fibers which causes the communication issues between the brain and the rest of the body.
How does Zanaflex work?
Zanaflex (tizanidine) is effective at treating spasticity in those with certain medical conditions such as MS because as a skeletal muscle relaxant, it is able to block the nerve impulses, which control pain sensations, that are sent to your brain while also relaxing the muscles.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Zanaflex (tizanidine) exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget.
You should take Zanaflex only for daily activities that require relief from spasticity. Most patients who take Zanaflex take up to 3 doses a day if needed, with a 6-8 hour period in between doses. You may take Zanaflex with or without food, must it must be taken the same way each time. Taking it differently each time may cause ineffectiveness or increased side effects.
Do not take more than 3 doses (36ng) in a 24 hour period; liver damage can be a result of over-using this medication. You may also need frequent blood tests to monitor your liver function during treatment. Ask your doctor how to safely stop this medication before stopping suddenly.
Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
Do not use Zanaflex (tizanidine)
You should not use this product if you also use fluvoxamine (Luvox) or ciprofloxacin (Cipro).
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to tizanidine.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or low blood pressure.
Risks and other information you need to know
This medication is a short-acting medication; only use this medication for daily activities which cause spasticity.
Switching from the tablet to capsule form can cause an increase in side effects or a decrease in effectiveness; this applies if you change how you take the dose (with or without food).
Do not use more than 36mg of tizanidine in a day (24 hour period); liver damage can be a result of using too much of this medication.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby therefore if you are pregnant, you should speak with your doctor before using this medication.
It has not been established whether this medication will pass into breast milk or if it will harm a nursing infant. Speak to your doctor if you are breast feeding.
Common side effects of Zanaflex (tizanidine) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Zanaflex (tizanidine) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Can I drink alcohol while using Zanaflex?
No. Do not drink alcohol while using this medication. Using alcohol may increase your risk of side effects.
Can children use this medication?
Some children can use this medication; it is up to the doctor to decide if this medication is safe and effective for the child based off the child’s age, weight, medical condition, and possibly other factors.
What if I miss a dose?
Take the miss dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Do not attempt to make up for a miss dose by doubling up on dosages.
What else should I know about Zanaflex?
If you need muscle tone for safe balance and movement; do not use this medication. Some situations may become dangerous if you have reduced muscle tone.
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