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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Tizanidine (Overview)

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 or central nervous system.


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Please describe the medication: tizanidine?

Please describe the medication: tizanidine?

Zanaflex (tizanidine): Is a drug that is used as a muscle relaxant. It is a centrally acting ?2 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 or central nervous system. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
133 doctors shared insights

Tizanidine (Overview)

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 or central nervous system.


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What is the treatment for tizanidine overdose?

Supportive: There is no reversal agent or antidote for tizanidine. Since this has similar sedactive effects like some muscle relaxants. Treatment is mainly supportive especially respiratory function. This is ideally done at the emergency room or hospital. Other measures include contacting the poison control center. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of tizanidine?

What are the side effects of tizanidine?

MANY mainly sedation: Any medication can cause a rash. But since tizanidine (zanaflex) is a 'muscle relaxer' it can cause sedation. It can also cause: dizziness, nervousness, depression vomiting, tingling sensation in the arms, legs, hands, and feet dry mouth, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, heartburn, increased muscle spasms and sweating. Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms due to multiple sclerosis (ms). ...Read more

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My doctor recommended i take tanaflex (tizanidine) for my severe back spasms. How does it work?

Antispasmodic: Tanaflex is a medication that works to relieve muscle spasms. Although this will help treat the symptoms of the muscle spasm, it will not cure them. Once the medication is working, you may need to undergo physical therapy to appropriately treat the muscles that are in spasm. ...Read more

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Can tizanidine be taken in pregnancy?

Class C: This medication is a class c medication which means that it may be harmful but there aren't sufficient human studies to say for sure. I would check with your wife or girlfriend's neurologist, as they prescribe this medication most frequently. ...Read more

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I have some leg and shoulder pain and recently some terrible leg pains especially at night when I am at rest. Taking muscle relaxant but dosnt help?

I have  some leg and shoulder pain and recently some terrible leg pains especially at night when I am at rest. Taking muscle relaxant but dosnt help?

Rest Pain: Restless legs has really hit the tv. But you need to make sure you do not have pad (poor artery blood flow) in your legs. Next is spinal stenosis (pressure on spinal nerves from arthritis), and then peripheral neuropathy (painful nerves, often simply from age). If pain is severe, you need to see a physician for complete evaluation. Try tonic water at bedtime (has quinine) helps restless legs. ...Read more

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Is taking tizanidine 4mg safe for children under the age of 16?

Is taking tizanidine 4mg safe for children under the age of 16?

No data exists: You have stumbled into the world that the typical pediatrician deals with daily. For many medications such as this one there is no data to answer your question. No research has been done in children to answer the therapeutic question you pose. Ergo, as a pediatrician & a parent we must weigh the possible beneficial effects vs the unknown for the use in a child. Consider an alternative medication. ...Read more

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What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?

What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?

See below: I avoid Soma as it is essentially a tranquilizer, not a muscle relaxer. Both Zanaflex and Flexeril are good medications. There best one is the one that works best for you. Other options (less sedating) are Baclofen and skelaxin (metaxalone). ...Read more

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C-12 to c-15 got stuck, had d.O pop them back in place today. Then i got tizanidine prescribed for every 8 hrs. I still hurt. Is this a good treatment?

C12 to C15?: I'm not sure what you mean by this. There is no c-12 or c-15. There are seven cervical vertebrae, 12 thoracic vertebrae and 5 lumbar vertebrae. Tizanidine is a good muscle relaxant, but i'm not a big fan of any muscle relaxants for my patients. ...Read more

Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Zanaflex (Definition)

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