Zanaflex Drug Information | Usage | Interactions and Side Effects

Zanaflex Drug Information | Usage | Interactions and Side Effects

Generic Zanaflex (Tizanidine) is a skeletal muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries. Generic Zanaflex is a break through medication and prescribed by health physicians all over the world!

Generic Zanaflex may also be marketed as: Tizanidine, Sirdalud

*Zanaflex® is a registered trademark of Acorda Therapeutics.

Uses

Generic Zanaflex is used to treat spasticity by temporarily relaxing muscle tone. Generic Zanaflex is a short-acting muscle relaxer. It works by blocking nerve impulses (pain sensations) that are sent to your brain.

How to take

Take Generic Zanaflex as directed. Your dosage will probably need to be adjusted by your doctor initially to achieve satisfactory results. Follow directions exactly. Food can change the way your body absorbs and uses this medication. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor to determine the best way to take your dose, especially when changes to your dose are being considered or if you are being prescribed a different dose form of Generic Zanaflex (e.g., tablet or capsule).

Side effects

Side effects include:

Nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, unusual weakness or dry mouth might occur. If these continue or are bothersome, notify your doctor. To minimize dizziness, stand up slowly when arising from a sitting or lying position. Notify your doctor if you develop: yellowing skin or eyes, stomach pain, vomiting, hallucinations. Very unlikely but report: vision or hearing changes, urinary frequency or burning, slow or irregular heartbeat, black stool. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you have: any allergies, low blood pressure, liver or heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease. Limit the use of alcohol as alcohol may intensify the dizziness and drowsiness effects of this drug. Use caution when driving or operating machinery or when alertness is required. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug is excreted into human milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly.

Drug interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may take, especially of: blood pressure drugs (e.g., water pills, clonidine, methyldopa, guanabenz, guanfacine), MAO inhibitors (e.g., linezolid, furazolidone, phenelzine, selegiline), sleep medicines, sedatives (e.g., diazepam), tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine, morphine), barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital), certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), other muscle relaxants (e.g., cyclobenzaprine), certain antidepressants (e.g., imipramine, amitriptyline, trazodone), phenothiazine psychiatric drugs (e.g., chlorpromazine), birth control pills. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double-up the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.