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Zanaflex

(Tizanidine)

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Relaxes your muscles.

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Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available

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

  • 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.
  • 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 effects for Zanaflex (Tizanidine)

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These are side effects of Zanaflex (Tizanidine) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Zanaflex (Tizanidine)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and dry mouth.
  • Avoid activities requiring mental alertness (like driving) until you know how it affects you.
  • Can cause extreme drowsiness or dizziness if you are taking meds for high blood pressure.
  • Side effects are more prevalent in the elderly.
  • Don't drink alcohol while using this.
  • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent since food affects how the medication is absorbed and works.

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.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Zanaflex (Tizanidine)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't drink alcohol while using this.
Food
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • 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 in how you take it every day.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent since food affects how the medication is absorbed and works.
Sleep
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and dry mouth.
  • Can cause extreme drowsiness or dizziness if you are taking meds for high blood pressure.
  • 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.
    Age: 47
    Gender: Woman
    Duration taken: A month or so
  • I found it worked well in the beginning---after awhile started waking up after 2-3 hours and couldnt get back to sleep I believe it gets me angry , [ easily aroused pissed off] more than if i leave it alone.
    Taken for: Hernia, mesh, nerve damage pain sleep
    Duration taken: Two years or more