Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available

Zanaflex

(Tizanidine)

Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available
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Relaxes your muscles.

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Zanaflex (Tizanidine) isn't a first-choice treatment for muscle spasms. Try other options before using this.

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Upsides

  • Relieves muscle spasms well.
  • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent in how you take it every day.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Available in a tablet or capsule form. It also comes in a capsule that can be opened and sprinkled in applesauce for people that can't swallow pills.

Downsides

  • This isn't a first-choice muscle relaxing medication. Other drugs work better and have fewer side effects.
  • Zanaflex (Tizanidine) can lower blood pressure, so be careful if you are already on a blood pressure medication.
  • Need to be consistent every day in taking this with or without food.
  • Elderly individuals have more side effects when taking Zanaflex (Tizanidine).
  • Can't stop taking this abruptly if you use it regularly.
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Side effect rates for Zanaflex (Tizanidine)

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Risks and Warnings for Zanaflex (Tizanidine)

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  • Zanaflex (Tizanidine) can damage your liver. You'll need to get blood tests done to check how your liver is functioning if you're taking this regularly.

Common concerns from people taking Zanaflex (Tizanidine)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol while using this.
Food
  • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent in how you take it every day.
  • Need to be consistent every day in taking this with or without food.
  • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent since food affects how the medication is absorbed and works.
Pain
  • Weight gain Extreme dry mouth Works very well when combined with other painkillers for MS Good for sleep
  • I took it for back pain, the pain is still there and it has not helped the pain, but I have not had a anxiety attack! This is a big thing for me as I have had them every day for years! It does not help me sleep but I am not tired.
Sleep
  • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and dry mouth.
  • Can cause extreme drowsiness or dizziness if you are taking meds for high blood pressure.
  • does cause drowsiness but since I tend to suffer from insomnia, works great at bedtime. It also works to help control breakthrough migraines.
Weight
  • Weight gain Extreme dry mouth Works very well when combined with other painkillers for MS Good for sleep