Compare Zanaflex vs. Soma

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Zanaflex (tizanidine)

Prescription only

Soma (carisoprodol)

Prescription only
Relaxes your muscles.

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

4.3/ 5 average rating with 26 reviewsforZanaflex
Relaxes your muscles.

Soma (carisoprodol) is used for muscle spasms and muscle pain but it's not considered a first-choice treatment and not meant for long-term therapy.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 220 reviewsforSoma
Upsides
  • Relieves muscle spasticity.
  • 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.
  • Patients treated with Soma (carisoprodol) experienced improvement in function.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in two different strengths.
Downsides
  • This isn't a first-choice muscle relaxing medication. Other drugs work better and have fewer side effects.
  • Takes over an hour to kick in and only lasts 3 to 6 hours.
  • 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).
  • Not first choice for treating muscle spasms or muscle pain, because it can cause dependence.
  • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • Not meant for long-term therapy, because it hasn't been shown to be effective after taking it for a short period.
  • Can cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it suddenly.
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Reviews
26 reviews so far
81%
saidit'sworth it
73%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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220 reviews so far
61%
saidit'sworth it
39%
saiditworked well
9%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
17possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    49%
  • Sleepiness
    48%
  • Weakness
    41%
  • Dizziness
    16%
  • Urinary tract infection
    10%
  • General infection
    6%
  • Liver test abnormality
    6%
  • Constipation
    4%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Speech disorder
    3%
  • Blurred vision
    3%
  • Urinary frequency
    3%
  • Flu syndrome
    3%
  • Involuntary muscle movement
    3%
  • Nervousness
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Hay fever
    3%
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3possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    13%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Headache
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Liver damage
    • Taking maximum doses of Zanaflex (tizanidine)
  • Dizziness and low blood pressure
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Currently on blood pressure control medications
  • Sleepiness and driving impairment
    • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
    • Recreational drug use
    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Elderly
  • Withdrawal side effects
    • Stopping Zanaflex (tizanidine) suddenly
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  • Sleepiness and dizziness
    • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
    • Recreational drug use
    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Elderly
  • Abuse, dependence and withdrawal
    • Prior history of drug abuse
    • Taking Soma (carisoprodol) for a long time
  • Seizures
    • Prior history of overdoses of drugs of abuse, recreational drugs, or alcohol
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