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Dr. Alex Mompoint
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Zanaflex (Overview)

Zanaflex is a muscle relaxant which is a kind of pain medication.


Dr. Alex Mompoint
134 doctors shared insights

Zanaflex (Overview)

Zanaflex is a muscle relaxant which is a kind of pain medication.


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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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Is Soma or Zanaflex (tizanidine) more effective than flexeril? For torticollus and back pain. I've had all kinds of labs and scans, im merely curious

Is Soma or Zanaflex (tizanidine) more effective than flexeril? For torticollus and back pain. I've had all kinds of labs and scans, im merely curious

Best medication: The best one is the one that works best (for you). I think Zanaflex (tizanidine) is a great muscle relaxer. Some is essentially a tranquilizer....So i would avoid it. If Flexeril is not helping then by all means try a different medication. ...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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Began Zanaflex (tizanidine) 4mg 2x/day, 1mo ago. I've gained at least 5 lbs.; no change in diet, etc. It works, but is there a comparable one w/o weight gain?

Began Zanaflex (tizanidine) 4mg 2x/day, 1mo ago. I've gained at least 5 lbs.; no change in diet, etc. It works, but is there a comparable one w/o weight gain?

No: This medication is a muscle relaxant. Almost all of the available muscle relaxants work through the central nervous system and not at the muscle itself. If your presumed pain problem is improving, you may want to start to gradually increase your activity level after consulting with your physician. ...Read more

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Any drugs 4 spasticity that could replace baclofen, and be taken with celexa safely? Except I am allergic 2 zanaflex (tizanidine)..Plz help I need my celexa back!

Any drugs 4 spasticity that could replace baclofen, and be taken with celexa safely? Except I am allergic 2 zanaflex (tizanidine)..Plz help I need my celexa back!

Possibly: Clonazepam is a possibility but is a controlled substance and is not prescribed unless you really have problems with he baclofen. It causes dependence and is pretty hard to wean from. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of zanaflex (tizanidine)?

Zanaflex (tizanidine): See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/zanaflex-side-effects.html

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How long does Zanaflex (tizanidine) stay in the system 2mg for back spasms?

Look up : Internet resources are abundant. You want to know the half life of the medicine which will tell you how many hours it takes to eliminate 50% of it from your system after ingesting it. ...Read more

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Does tizanidine HCl interact with nortriptyline?

Does tizanidine HCl interact with nortriptyline?

Yes, it can: From www.Drugs.Com

using tizanidine together with nortriptyline may increase side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating, and impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery. ...Read more

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I take Zanaflex (tizanidine) or flexeril (have both) and just started necon 10/11. I read there could be interactions with zanaflex (tizanidine). Do i need to be concerned?

I take Zanaflex (tizanidine)  or flexeril (have both) and just started necon 10/11. I read there could be interactions with zanaflex (tizanidine). Do i need to be concerned?

Yes- Sedation/dizzy: If you use Zanaflex (tizanidine) chronically, know that the concentration of Zanaflex is increased when used with oral contraceptive and may result in increased sedation, fatigue/ low blood pressure (hypotensive issues- dizziness, fainting). You may want to use Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) instead but also watch out for drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness. Avoid alcohol and use caution when driving while on these drugs. ...Read more

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Can you mix ambien, (zolpidem) vicodin, zanaflex, and clorazepate together?

Can you mix ambien, (zolpidem) vicodin, zanaflex, and clorazepate together?

Sedatives: Mixing sedatives is risky and can affect your liver in the long run. ...Read more

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Zanaflex (tizanidine) 4mg has no effect on me for muscle tone relaxation but clonazepam does. Why is this? Want to get off benzos.Tried many pt's with little help

Zanaflex (tizanidine) 4mg  has no effect on me for muscle tone relaxation but clonazepam does. Why is this? Want to get off benzos.Tried many pt's with little help

Outside of the Box: I may be an alternative voice here, but medication may not be the answer for you. It may be time to consider eastern or alternative approaches. I would hope you would consider yoga as a valid option for you. ...Read more

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What's the normal dosage for zanaflex (tizanidine)?

Recommended dose: Start 4 mg 3X/day; maximum of 36 mg/day. ...Read more

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Can i take lithium and Zanaflex (tizanidine) together?

Can i take lithium and Zanaflex (tizanidine) together?

Caution warranted: Hopefully the same physician is prescribing all your medications, or at least knows all you're taking. Zanaflex (tizanidine) is a muscle relaxer that can cause drowsiness. This could be accentuated if you're on lithium. However, i see you're also on klonopin, which is more likely to cause sedation than lithium. Please discuss all these with your doctor and your pharmacist. ...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

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How long does it take for Zanaflex (tizanidine) to leave the body?

How long does it take for Zanaflex (tizanidine) to leave the body?

It takes...: 36 hours to get to 1% of your original levels, at which point it would be a non-issue! ...Read more

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I reached goal dose of zanaflex (tizanidine) may 18, but had some improvement in last couple days. Is this meds taking full effect or are my symptoms improving?

Hard to know: Firstly, good for you! The question might be possible to answer, but it requires sifting through all sorts of things - like what might be different in your life - what you are doing differently inside and out. You might want to find a good therapist to help you understand it all before you taper down. Never just stop w/o guidance. Happy for you! ...Read more

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Can I mix tea and tizanidine (zanaflex)?

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Of course: There is no problem to mix tea and Zanaflex (tizanidine). ...Read more

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Does zanaflex (tizanidine) work for anxiety?

Does zanaflex (tizanidine) work for anxiety?

NO: NO IT IS A MUSCLE RELAXANT.

now if the patient anxiety coming from the pain associated with the muscle spasm then yes it mught work that way. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of zanaflex (tizanidine)?

Zanaflex (tizanidine): See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/zanaflex-side-effects.html

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Is Zanaflex (tizanidine) the same thing as a strong valium?

Is Zanaflex (tizanidine) the same thing as a strong valium?

Work differently: Both Zanaflex (tizanidine) and valium can cause muscle relaxation. They work by different mechanisms. They are not equivalent. Valium has a higher tendency to cause dependence then zanaflex (tizanidine). ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Tizanidine (Definition)

A muscle relaxant to help relax spastic muscles. Can help with pain caused by contracting ...Read more