Zanaflex is a muscle relaxant drug that contains the active ingredient Tizanidine. The short-acting drug’s effects can be felt centrally and not in any particular part of the body. The available doses of this drug are 2 mg, 4 mg and 6 mg. The patient is usually started on the minimum dose as that is strong enough to treat the symptoms. The orally administered pills have an active half-life of two and a half to three hours
Zanaflex can be used to treat spasticity, muscle cramping, and muscle tightness to soothe the strain felt by the muscles. These symptoms are usually felt in persons with back pain, spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis, and spastic diplegia.
Zanaflex may also be used to treat the similar symptoms in other health problems like trouble sleeping, migraines, and even as an anticonvulsant. The dosage and course of drug therapy is assessed by the prescribing physician based on the patient’s response to the treatment.
Zanaflex is an extremely powerful medication even at the minimum dosage strength. Hence it is required to take the medication only as recommended by the doctor. One can also read the instructions on the product label to ensure that the pill is taken right.
Zanaflex should be taken with a full glass of water. The muscle relaxant’ peak effects last for just a few hours and so it should be taken before engaging in any activity to get relief from muscle spasticity.
Consumption of Zanaflex along with food or without food depends on the dosage advised by the physician as the tablet form varies from the capsule in absorption into the blood stream according to the food consumed.
The patient should constantly monitor for any changes in the body and get blood examination done on a regular basis while taking Zanaflex.
Mild adverse effects of using Tizanidine include muscle weakness, dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, fever, stomach troubles, sweating, tingling sensations, and feeling anxious. More severe symptoms like painful urination, burning sensation, liver problem related symptoms, fainting, and hallucinations require immediate medical help.
Patients who discontinue taking Zanaflex suddenly may experience withdrawal symptoms. The dosage should be gradually reduced with the help of a medical practitioner.
Zanaflex muscle relaxant medication can interact dangerously with other drugs one should disclose all the medications that the person is taking to your physician.
Drugs that should be avoided while on Zanaflex are Acyclovir, anti-allergy pills, Famotidine, Cimetidine, Ticlopidine, birth control pills, Zileuton, blood pressure medicines, and antibiotics. Even vitamins and herbal supplements can interact with the muscle relaxer. Follow the exact dosing instructions as prescribed by the doctor and use the drug suitably to soothe spastic muscles.