[vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs color=”black” spacing=”10″ gap=”10″ alignment=”center” active_section=”1″ css_animation=”rollIn”][vc_tta_section title=”Description” tab_id=”1500389328687-b3b21899-eef0″][vc_column_text]Zanaflex is a short-acting muscle relaxer. It works by blocking nerve impulses (pain sensations) that are sent to your brain. It may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Use” tab_id=”1500389328750-d09ab9ad-1d93″][vc_column_text]Zanaflex is used to treat spasticity by temporarily relaxing muscle tone.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”How to Take” tab_id=”1500389387696-bdbeacb1-9ee0″][vc_column_text]
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication. Take this medication with a full glass of water. Zanaflex is a short-acting medication, and its effects will be most noticeable between 1 and 6 hours after you take it. This medication should be taken only for daily activities that require relief from muscle spasticity. In most cases, you may take up to three doses in one day if needed. Allow 6 to 8 hours to pass between doses. Do not take more than 36 milligrams a day or more than 3 doses in a 24-hour period. To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your liver function will need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor. You may have withdrawal symptoms such as dizziness, fast heart rate, tremors, anxiety, and increased spasticity when you stop using Zanaflex after using it over a long period of time. Do not stop using this medication suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely. Store Zanaflex at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
To relieve dry mouth, suck (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute. To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fainting, mental/mood changes (such as hallucinations), slow/irregular heartbeat, vision changes (such as blurred vision) Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: • feeling light-headed, fainting, slow heart rate; • hallucinations, confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior; • nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or • burning or pain when you urinate. Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur, such as: • drowsiness or dizziness; • feeling anxious or nervous; • numbness or tingling; • stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting; • fever; • dry mouth; • muscle weakness, back pain; • increased muscle tone or spasms; or • sweating or skin rash. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.
Before taking Zanaflex, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: low blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Before taking Zanaflex, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs: • acyclovir (Zovirax); • cimetidine (Tagamet); • famotidine (Pepcid); • ticlopidine (Ticlid), • zileuton (Zyflo); • birth control pills; • antibiotics such as enoxacin (Penetrex), gatifloxacin (Tequin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (Floxin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), trovafloxacin (Trovan), or norfloxacin (Noroxin); • blood pressure medications such as clonidine (Catapres), guanabenz (Wytensin), guanfacine (Tenex), or methyldopa (Aldomet); or • heart rhythm medications such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), mexiletine (Mexitil), propafenone (Rhythmol), and verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin). This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with tizanidine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.