Compare Zanaflex vs. Tegretol

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

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Zanaflex (tizanidine)

Prescription only

Tegretol (carbamazepine)

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
Treats seizures and epilepsy.

Tegretol (carbamazepine) is useful for preventing seizures and relieving certain types of nerve pain, but reduces how well many other medications work.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 61 reviewsforTegretol
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.
  • Lowers the frequency of seizures, especially for people with tonic-clonic and partial seizures.
  • First-choice option for trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain involving the face, head, and neck), and can relieve other types of nerve pain.
  • Equetro is helpful in stabilizing mood for people with bipolar disorder.
  • Available as a generic in many forms: pill, extended-release pill, suspension, and chewable tablet.
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).
  • Takes several weeks to feel the full effects.
  • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
  • Higher risk of skin reactions compared to other antiepileptic medicines, ranging from mild to life-threatening rash.
  • Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Can't take the suspension form with other liquid medications.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended-release pill
  • Suspension
  • Chewable tablet
Price
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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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61 reviews so far
56%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
23%
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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The Tegretol (carbamazepine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Life-threatening skin reactions
    • Carrying HLA-B*1502 gene
    • Asian ancestry
  • Blood disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • History of depression
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • History of allergic reaction to Trileptal (oxcarbamazepine)
  • Pregnancy
  • Mental changes due to low sodium
    • Age 65 or older
    • Dehydration
    • Taking diuretics (water pills)
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