Tizanidine Abnormal Dreams Hallicinations

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No More Tizanidine Says:

I have been taking Tizanidine 12mg at night and 4 mg in the morning for over 3 months and have been experiencing some alarming abnormal dreams that caused Hallicinations. It seems the Hallicinations occur when I am already tired and then take my normal medication dose at night. Until last night the Hallicinations never caused me to jump out of bed in extreme fright. I typically remember when I have the hallucinations and they always frighten me. The Hallicinations are always thinking someone is in my room and I always demand "who are you?". Last night when the same thing occurred I actually jumped physically out of bed and tried to escape my room past the hallucinated "person" and remember having difficulty getting out the door of my room. I made it out and it seemed at that point when the light that was on in the kitchen, it woke me up enough to realize what had just happened. I suffer from severe migraines and take 3 other migraine preventative medications that I have been on for several years with no issues or side effects. I have never had any psychosis issues or suffer from depression nor have a family history of that either. I wanted to post this because the trusted medication education websites do mention this as a side effect that occurs in 3% of the population that takes it so most people seem to disregard it. I wish that more information was disclosed about this so that it is listed as a higher precaution to those that their doctor prescribes it to for better alerting and understanding what this medicine has the potential to do. I plan to call my doctor on Monday morning to discuss this issue because users have to be titrated off of it and I don't think this is a tolerable side effect. I could live with the somnolence and dry mouth side effects, but abnormal dreams with Hallicinations that are strong enough to make me physically react and worry me that I might do something that would result in worsening outcomes is not my cup of tea if you know what I mean. I hope this helps those who read it and may be experiencing something similar.

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Verwon Says:

I am very sorry that you have experienced such a problem, that is a very unusual side effect to experience from a muscle relaxant. However, you are taking a pretty high dose, each day, with the bulk being taken at night, so that might be why you experienced it.

Titration isn't necessary, since it's just a muscle relaxant, especially if your doctor just replaces it with an alternative.

How are you feeling, now?

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Donna Says:

good lord that is a awfully high dose, i didn't even know it came that high. 2 normally knock me out. and 3 somas help

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Jackson Says:
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Zanaflex aka Tizanidine is a horrible med. It is a muscularskeletal med. The side effects, for me, are not only the expected dry mouth, dizziness and hallucinations, it causes my BP to drop drastically and I have heart disease. This med should be taken off the mkt and real muscle relaxers should be brought back in. This knocks me out but I awake within 3 hrs and I can't get up alone. I am not an old person and I've had heart disease since my 30's! This drug perhaps sb usef for MS patients only?!

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