Zanaflex, which his also known as tizanidine generically, is a muscle relaxant. It is used for a variety of muscular-related conditions including muscle tightness, cramps, spasms and more. A prescription medication, tizandine may be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. A short-acting muscle relaxers, Zanaflex works because it blocks certain nerve signals from the spine to the brain, making it an alpha adrenergic agonist

Tizanidine can be habit forming so you should be careful to take it exactly as prescribed. The medication will be started at a low dose and you will move up to a higher level slowly to keep certain side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness at bay. (Make sure you get a clear schedule from your doctor and adhere to it.)

Zanflex usually begins working within 1-2 hours of taking it. The effects wear off about 6 hours later (maybe a little less.) You should not take more than 36 milligrams of this medication in a day. Follow your doctor’s instructions and don’t take more than is prescribed.

Your body’s absorption of the medication depends upon whether you take it as a capsule or pill and on whether you take the meds on an empty stomach or not. You may even sprinkle a capsule’s contents over food.

If used in high doses or on a regular basis, Zanaflex Oral may cause dependence. If you decide to stop using the medication abruptly, then you will go into withdrawal. Reactions include:

  • anxiety
  • tremor
  • increased blood pressure
  • higher than normal heart rate
  • And muscle tension, etc.
If you struggle with any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. Medical attention may be required.


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