Top 20 Doctor insights on: Zanaflex muscle relaxer

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My doctor put me on Lexapro (escitalopram) and the muscle relaxer zanaflex. My question is it safe to take together without causing serotonin syndrome?

My doctor put me on Lexapro (escitalopram) and the muscle relaxer zanaflex. My question is it safe to take together without causing serotonin syndrome?

Possibly with EKG: The medication Zanaflex works by working at norepinephrine receptors and Lexapro (escitalopram) works primarily through interacting with serotonin receptors. The precipitation of serotonin syndrome in the context of their concomitant administration would not be predicted by anyone. However, Lexapro (escitalopram) and Zanaflex together can change your heart rhythm and so you may talk to a doctor about the role for an ekg. ...Read more

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Can I take Zanaflex (tizanidine) and zyrtec d together? Took zyrtrec for my allergies but would like to also take my muscle relaxer.

Can I take Zanaflex (tizanidine) and zyrtec d together? Took zyrtrec for my allergies but would like to also take my muscle relaxer.

Better not: If taken together can cause CNS depression and psychomotor impairment, zanaflex (tizanidine) has a short half life 2.5 hours, so it can stay in your system for 5 hours or longer, zyrtec has a half life of 9 hours, so it can stay for about 18 hours, drop one untill you talk to your doctor about an alternative, spacing them out, or dose reduction, good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple meds ...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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Is motrin a muscle relaxer?

No: It may relieve the discomfort of a strained or otherwise sore muscle. ...Read more

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Is Meloxicam a muscle relaxer?

Is Meloxicam a muscle relaxer?

Non -Steroidal: Meloxicam (Mobic) is a prescription strength non steroidal anti inflammatory medicine. Specifically inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins (PGAs) by blocking COX-1 &2 enzyme. Technically not in the muscle relaxer family. However it may indirectly cause relief of muscle cramps/ spasms by inhibiting the PGAs responsible for muscle cramps etc. DO NOT use this product more than 10 days -2 weeks. ...Read more

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Is there asprin in muscle relaxer?

Is there asprin in muscle relaxer?

No: Muscle relaxants have a completely different mechanism of function then Aspirin or any other nsaids. As long as there are no contraindications, both types of medications could be used together. ...Read more

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Can a muscle relaxer help with crps pain?

Can a muscle relaxer help with crps pain?

Yes perhaps.: Most pain from crps is nerve pain predominantly although a component of pain from muscle spasms may be present also. In this regard therefore, muscle relaxant use could potentially be of some help. The main thrust of treatment in crps however is aimed at the nerve pain, this being the most pain the patients suffer from. ...Read more

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Should I take lorcet with muscle relaxer?

Should I take lorcet with muscle relaxer?

Tablets: The question is not should you but one do you need to take and can you take it. The simple answer is yes - but it really depends on what the muscle relaxant is and also what the dose of the Lorcet and relaxant is. ...Read more

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Can you take a muscle relaxer while pregnant?

Can you take a muscle relaxer while pregnant?

Yes if...: If your muscle relaxer was prescribed by your doctor who knew you were pregnant and felt that it was needed than it is okay for use. ...Read more

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How long after a beer can I take muscle relaxer?

How long after a beer can I take muscle relaxer?

Depends on amount: Alcohol is a CNS depressant similar to a muscle relaxant, I recommending waiting 12 hours or longer before taking a muscle relaxant after drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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Why do muscle relaxer pills help with my allergies?

Why do muscle relaxer pills help with my allergies?

Antihistamine action: One muscle relaxer, cyclobenzaprine, has a chemical structure very similar to cyproheptadine, an antihistamine. Cyclobenzaprine also has similarities to tricyclic antidepressants. Either way, it may have some blocking action on h1 histamine receptors which may help your allergy symptoms. It is more efficient to use a medication designed for this effect, like zyrtec or allegra (fexofenadine). ...Read more

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Can I take muscle relaxer with hydrochlorothiazide?

Concurrent med use: Yes. One warning though is that the latter could change your chemical balance, such as making your potassium lower than otherwise. Subsequently your muscle relaxant may not work as effectively as it should. Check chemistry as advised by your physician ...Read more

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Is muscle relaxer robaxin (methocarbamol) effective?

Is muscle relaxer robaxin (methocarbamol) effective?

Sometimes: It has value for some people and is ineffective for others. You cannot tell until you try it. ...Read more

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Can I take a trazodone and a muscle relaxer together?

Can I take a trazodone and a muscle relaxer together?

Depends: Most muscle relaxers are fine with trazodone, but it really depends on which muscle relaxer you are taking. ...Read more

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When should I take a muscle relaxer to help me sleep?

When should I take a muscle relaxer to help me sleep?

Rarely: A side effect of muscle relaxers is that they can make you tired and help you to sleep. It is better for your doctor to evaluate why you can't sleep and to treat the actual cause. ...Read more

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Can you take a muscle relaxer after taking a motrin 800?

Can you take a muscle relaxer after taking a motrin 800?

Yes: They are different medications with different mechanisms, so you won't be "overdosing" on one kind/class of medicine. ...Read more

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Tizanidine (Definition)

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


Dr. Alex Mompoint
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Zanaflex (Definition)

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