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Is Zanaflex (tizanidine) stronger than Flexeril?

Is Zanaflex (tizanidine) stronger than Flexeril?

Zanaflex (tizanidine) & Flexeril: there is no such thing as "best", "worst" or "stronger" medication, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics. ...Read more

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Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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How is Zanaflex (tizanidine) different than flexeril?

How is Zanaflex (tizanidine) different than flexeril?

Zanaflex (tizanidine) vs.Flexeril: Flexeril differs from the other centrally acting agents because it is structurally and pharmacologically related to amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant. Zanaflex (tizanidine) is an alpha adrenergic agonist that inhibits the release of NE from the locus ceruleus in the brain. ...Read more

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Can I take percocet and Zanaflex (tizanidine) together?

Can I take percocet and Zanaflex (tizanidine) together?

Yes, you can: There is no interactions between these 2 drugs. ...Read more

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Can i take Zanaflex (tizanidine) and trazodone together?

Sleep: The combination of Zanaflex (tizanidine) and trazadone may lead to a difficulty during the night and next day. Both are sedating medications but the combination may lead to excessive sedation the following day. ...Read more

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Can Zanaflex (tizanidine) and vicodin be taken together?

Probably not. : Both medications have sedative effects and decreased gargle reflex, and cause depressed feeling. If you take together, you have more chance to suffer from side effects, such as being choked, developing aspiration etc. ...Read more

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Can you take Zanaflex (tizanidine) and hydrocodone together?

Yes: They are often prescribed for concomitant use. Do watch for the side effects of sedation which both may cause in some people. ...Read more

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Can you take hydrocodone and Zanaflex (tizanidine) together?

Yes : The drugs are often prescribed for concomitant use. As both can cause some sedation, be careful with the combination until you see how you respond. ...Read more

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Can I take celebrex (celecoxib) and zanaflex at the same time?

Can I take celebrex (celecoxib) and zanaflex at the same time?

Usually yes. : They can be usually taken together but it's always a good idea to run it by your physician. ...Read more

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Will Zanaflex (tizanidine) cause you to fail a urine drug test?

Will Zanaflex (tizanidine) cause you to fail a urine drug test?

No.: Urine drug testing using modern gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy for confirmatory chemical analysis will not mistake tizanidine (zanaflex) for another substance. ...Read more

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Can zanaflex (tizanidine) and vistaril be taken in the same day?

Can zanaflex (tizanidine) and vistaril be taken in the same day?

Shouldn't : There is interaction that combination can have cumulative effect of CNS depression and psychomotor depression. If you need these on a regular basis you need to find the cause. Please visit us www.ehacstl.com to learn how we propose to treat the cause for allergy and related problems ...Read more

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Can zanaflex (tizanidine) and vistaril be taken on the same day?

Can zanaflex (tizanidine) and vistaril be taken on the same day?

Yes: Xanaflex may have some mild sedating effect which may add to to sedating effect of Vistaril (hydroxyzine). Do note that the FDA has issued warning on the potential cardiovascular effect from Vistaril (hydroxyzine). It is not as safe as we once thought. ...Read more

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If I took zanaflex (tizanidine) last night would it be ok to have 1 beer tonight?

Not recommended: It is recommended that you do not drink alcohol while you are on zanaflex, (tizanidine) because their half-lives range from 20 to 30 hours. ...Read more

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Can I take 4mg Zanaflex (tizanidine) with my hydroxyzine (100mg) at night before bed?

Can I take 4mg Zanaflex (tizanidine) with my hydroxyzine (100mg) at night before bed?

Yes: There may be minimally additive drowsiness with the combination but usually the difference is not noticeable. The question is why do need 100 mg of hydroxyzine since it does occasionally affects the heart / ...Read more

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I've got taken Zanaflex (tizanidine) and baclofen but neither of them work. Are there alternatives?

I've got taken Zanaflex (tizanidine) and baclofen but neither of them work. Are there alternatives?

Yes: Both are actually good medications, but there are other options. While i don't recommend jumping to ativan, (lorazepam) it is an excellent muscle relaxer. Have you tried dantrolene? Its not a great first line but can be used. Botulinum toxin is excellent with injections as well. ...Read more

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Why do you need to taper off of zanaflex (tizanidine) if it is not addictive and has no rebound effects?

Why do you need to taper off of zanaflex (tizanidine) if it is not addictive and has no rebound effects?

It can have rebound: If therapy needs to be discontinued, particularly if dose was hi (20-36 mg/day) for many weeks or if on pain meds too, dose should be decreased slowly (2 mg to 4 mg per day) to minimize the risk of withdrawal and rebound hypertension, tachycardia, and hypertonia. Some are less concerned than others w/ safety. It's up to you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to do if I have taken Zanaflex (tizanidine) and baclofen but neither of them work. is there any other med out there that maybe could help me?

What to do if I have taken Zanaflex (tizanidine) and baclofen but neither of them work. is there any other med out there that maybe could help me?

Need better work up: It sounds like you are being treated for muscle spasm of some sort . Your MD should be informed and reexamine you to make sure no other underlying problems are present. Often muscle spasms can be a secondary symptom . ...Read more

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What are some of the dangers of zanaflex (tizanidine)?

What are some of the dangers of zanaflex (tizanidine)?

Allergic reactions: Zanaflex (tizanidine) commonly causes dry mouth and constipation, but in some people there are some dangerous potential effects, many of which are allergies (rash, hives, itching, and swollen airways causing breathing difficulties). Other dangers include potential liver damage and psychological effects such as hallucinations. If you have any side effect from any medication inform your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Tizanidine (Definition)

Is a drug that is used as a muscle relaxant. It is a centrally acting α2 adrenergic agonist. It is used to treat the spasms, cramping, and tightness of muscles caused by medical problems such as multiple sclerosis, spastic diplegia, back pain, or certain other injuries to the spine ...Read more


Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Zanaflex (Definition)

Zanaflex is a muscle relaxant which is a ...Read more