Tizanidine – a relaxing muscle is a short-acting drug that is sold under the trademark Zanaflex.
It is used to treat muscle spasms caused by certain conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, ALS or spinal cord injury.
Tizanidine works by blocking the nerve impulses that go to your brain. If you suffer from spasms, cramps and muscle tension, your doctor can prescribe Tizanidine.
Tizanidine does not cure these problems, but it can allow other treatments, such as physiotherapy, to be more useful for improving your condition.
Tizanidine is a short-acting drug that should be taken only for daily activities that require relief from muscle spasms.
Using too much Tizanidine can seriously damage your liver, causing liver failure.
Tell your doctor if you have any early liver injury. Your doctor will probably check your blood level after a month of use if you fall into this category.
It is also important to inform your doctor if you experience kidney failure.
Call your doctor right away if you develop dry mouth, dizziness, a strong desire for sleep, or any signs of weakness when taking Tizanidine. Your dosage may be decreased or discontinued.
You should not drive a car, use heavy equipment, or do anything that requires you to be vigilant when using Tizanidine.
If you are planning an operation, tell your doctor that you are taking tizanidine.
Before the operation, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products that you use, including over-the-counter (over-the-counter) drugs.
In older people, the effects of Tizanidine can also last much longer.
Pregnancy and Tizanidine
Tizanidine can harm an unborn baby.
Studies in animals have shown a negative effect, but there are no adequate studies in pregnant women. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may become pregnant during treatment.
Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Tizanidini recreational use
Due to the sedative effects of Tizanidine, numerous online and anecdotal reports show that some people abuse drugs for a narcotic type of “high”.
However, Tizanidine is not a drug.
Tizanidine side effects
Tizanidine has some common side effects that must go away with continued use, including:
- Dry mouth
- Feeling tingling in the hands, feet
- Abdominal pain
- Increased muscle spasms
- Bright chair
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or not disappear.
Serious side effects of tizanidine
Some side effects of tizanidine can be severe.
If you experience any of these symptoms, consult a doctor immediately:
- Extreme fatigue
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Lack of energy
- Loss of appetite
- Pain in the upper right side of the stomach
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
- Unexplained symptoms of influenza
- Slow heartbeat
- Changes in vision
Tell your doctor if you have any other unusual problems with Tizanidine.
Do not take tizanidine if you are also taking an antidepressant fluvoxamine (Luvox) or an antibiotic ciprofloxacin (Cipro).
Tell your doctor about all other medicines and supplements that you take before taking tizanidine.
Use of Tizanidine along with the following drugs is not recommended:
- Acyclovir (Zovirax)
- Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- Dronedarone (Multaq)
- Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
- Pimozide (Orap)
- Saquinavir (Invirase)
- Thioridazine (Mellaril)
Food has a complex effect on how Tizanidine is absorbed and processed in the body.
Starting with a lower dose and gradually increasing the dose minimizes the risk of adverse effects.
If your doctor does not tell you otherwise, continue with a normal diet and take the medicine while eating.
Alcohol and Tizanidine
Alcohol increases the total amount of the drug in the bloodstream.
You should not drink alcohol while taking tizanidine.
Dosage of tizanidine
Tizanidine is available both in capsule form and in tablets (2 mg and 4 mg tablets).
The medicine in the capsule is absorbed differently by the body than the drug in the tablet, so one product can not be replaced by another.
When you have a prescription filled, look at the tablets or capsules in the bottle and make sure you got the right product.
Tizanidine also reacts differently depending on whether you take it with food or on an empty stomach, or if you sprinkle the contents of the capsule on food.
The usual initial dose is 2 mg taken through the mouth every six to eight hours. Within a 24-hour period, you can take a maximum of three doses. Your doctor can increase strength in increments of 2 to 4 mg to help achieve optimum effect and tolerance to your condition.
To reduce the risk of side effects, your doctor can refer you to this drug with a low dose and gradually increase the dose.
Follow the instructions of your doctor carefully.
Tizanidine can cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it is used regularly for a long time or at high doses.
Symptoms of withdrawal, such as anxiety, tremors, high blood pressure, heart rhythm and muscle tension, can occur if you suddenly stop using this medication.
To prevent this from happening, your doctor can gradually lower the dose to stop using Tizanidine.
Overdose of Tizanidine
Get immediate help or contact the emergency department if you suspect that you consumed too much tizanidine.
Symptoms of an overdose include:
- Blurred vision
- Thoracic pain
- Difficult or difficult breathing
- Dizziness, weakness or lightheadedness when getting up from a prone position
- Irregular, fast or slow or shallow breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Pale or blue lips, nails or skin
- Severe drowsiness
Missed dose of Tizanidine
If your doctor told you to take tizanidine regularly, skip the missed dose as soon as you remember it.
However, if you have almost the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule.
Do not “double” to make up for the missed.