Zanaflex

Active Ingredient(s): Tizanidine
FDA Approved: * November 27, 1996
Pharm Company: * ACORDA
Category: Muscle Relaxer

* This drug may consist of multiple approval dates, manufacturers, or distributors. If applicable, they would be listed below under "NDC Database Records".



Zanaflex Overview

Tizanidine (trade names Zanaflex (Acorda Therapeutics), Sirdalud (Novartis), Relentus (Beximco Pharma) Is a centrally acting α2 adrenergic agonist used as a muscle relaxant. It is used to treat the spasms, cramping, and tightness of muscles caused by medical problems such as multiple sclerosis, ALS, spastic diplegia, back pain, or certain other injuries to the spine or central nervous system. It is also prescribed off-label for migraine headaches, as a sleep aid, and as an anticonvulsant...

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chronic pain, anxiety & meds.
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I've been on oxycontin 80s for yrs. A new pain mgmt doctor says I'm taking too much and has also refused to prescribe ativan 1mg 2 per day. I have been on a rollercoaster ride with meds being changed. I was given Zanaflex and Topamaze. Will these meds help me? Oxycontin dropped from 160mg 2xday, to 1 tab 3xday, no anxiety meds. Also changed Soma to Zanaflex. I didn't sleep much before this change, now not more than 2hrs a day. HELP!! A lot of yrs. of pain. I can't work anymore. I've raised a family, been a wife, raised Foster Children (My Children too). I love them all. I'm now a GrandMother that hasn't been there for her Grandbabies. I realize that I am new to this site so please understand that I don't usually complain about what I face in life. But her...
Updated 4 minutes ago.
 
Abuse of zanaflex
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I was just wondering if anyone out there has over-used zanaflex? I am ashamed to admit I did. I was just so desperate to sleep at night. One or two wasn't cutting it so I started going up to 6, 7, or 8 at I time. I would never ever recommend this for anyone. It was just my own desperation and stupidity. I have always had giant tolerances to everything. Anyway, this stuff would put me down hard, it was hard to get up and walk myself to the bathroom and the other thing was the vivid hallucinations, i have never experienced anything like it before. Everything I was seeing was so real it was scary and I would even see people and hold conversations with them. In the morning i would be completely fine. Thankfully i am in treatment for addiction now to various other substances. I just neve...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
Concerned about taking Zanaflex and Flexeril at the same time
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My brother has liver disease and one doctor prescribed him flexeril and a different doctor prescribed him zanaflex. Is it safe to take both meds? It seems to me like he should be taking one or the other. ## You are correct, since they are both muscle relaxants, he should only be taking on or the other, depending on which works best for him. The FDA warns that these medications carry the risk of causing side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, and dry mouth. Was either doctor aware that one had already been prescribed for him? Is he on any other medications?
Updated 2 months ago.
 
Is zanaflex like xanax?
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A friend of mine took this zanaflex saying it was the same as xanax, just with muscle relaxers in it. I personally don't have a clue so i figured i'd ask. ## No, they are not the same. Zanaflex contains the active ingredient Tizanidine, which is just a muscle relaxant. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, and dry mouth. Xanax, however, is a benzodiazepine, it contains the active ingredient Alprazolam. It carries the risk of being habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, sedation, and irritability. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 6 months ago.
 
Would zanaflex help me?
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I'm prescribed klonopin for dystonia. I missed my Dr. appointment, which I was supposed to get a refill on, so I was wondering if zanaflex would prevent me from seizing? I know that xanax & valium has. ## No, Zanaflex is a muscle relaxant, the FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, and dry mouth. Have you contacted your doctor? They may be able to phone something in for you, at least until you can get in for a new appointment. Are you on any other medications?
Updated 10 months ago.
 
Zanaflex Use: Beware
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I took Zanaflex for about six months, as a muscle relaxant. I noticed that it helped with my chronic insomnia. So I tapered my "decades of use" Xanax, under the supervision of my doctor, as I increased the Zanaflex. All went great until one night. I had not stopped the Zanaflex. But I started hearing things, and seeing things (hallucinating), to the point that I was literally scared to death. Then I began vomiting and was sicker than I can remember being, even with a stomach virus. I called the pharmacist the next morning and described to her the previous night and asked if the continued vomiting that day was indicative of a terrible side effect of Zanaflex. She said that the literature printed out, and attached to the pharmaceutical when purchased, did not mention it; that the ...
Updated 1 year ago.
 
zanaflex for insomnia
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dosing schedule of 4 mg. for chronic insomnia ## Hello, Kim! How are you? Zanaflex is a short active muscle relaxant, it can cause some drowsiness as a side effect, according to the FDA, but it is not useful for treating insomnia, due to its short duration of efficacy. Its other side effects are listed as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache and dry mouth. Is there anything else I can help with? ## I have been taking for years. No problem. I got a series of health issues in a row. I was in a lot of pain. I took way much. I never even thought I would be almost unbearable d.t s. Do you have anything that helps that is not addictive. Should I still take it lowering the dose? Or can u just deal with the agony.
Updated 1 year ago.
 
zanaflex my daughter took
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My 11 year old accindentley took a 4 mg zanaflex she weighs. 111 pounds what should I do ## Did she experience any adverse effects? This is a muscle relaxant and the FDA warns that an overdose of it may cause shallow breathing, lowered heart rate, low blood pressure, extreme dizziness, and extreme drowsiness. Any time you worried about the health of a child, in such a situation, you should contact their doctor, poison control, or your nearest emergency services department.
Updated 1 year ago.
 
Zanaflex vs Baclofen (Lioresal)
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I've been on muscle relaxers for about 7 years, due to a neck fracture injury ending in a surgut oval nonfusion. I have chaotic pain that my pain Doctor treats with 10/325 Hyrdroco/APAP. Limit of six per day. Some days I take the maximum some days I don't depending on my activities. He substitutes my hydrocodone done with Baclofen 10 mg. his prescription says take one to two tablets by mouth three times daily as needed for muscle spasms. I rarely ever take the maximum dose. We first started out with Flexeril that worked for a little while but I needed something more. I was having severe muscle spasm's that felt like my muscles in my shoulderswere drawing up into my ears. This caused excruciating headaches. So he put me on a stronger muscle relaxer back to the van and we talk...
Updated 1 year ago.
 
200mg zanaflex
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This med makes my ears ring and then cant hear.Dizzy feeling. I have to stay seated to avoid My husband said Im sayin things I never remember. ## Hello, Gigi! How are you? There is no 200mg dosage of Zanaflex. Are you sure that is the medication you are taking? It is only available in 2, 4, and 6mg dosages. It is a muscle relaxant and its typical side effects are listed by the FDA as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache and dry mouth. Can you double check the medication you are taking and post back? Thanks! ## Its 4 mg Zanaflex. I was also taken off klonopin and Oxycontin. This was replaced with butran 200mcg patch, zanaflex 4mg, celexa and lyrica. My dr of 7 years had me on oxycontin 30mg 3 times daily, Klonopin 1mg 2 times daily. This combo helped my spine injuries. Also PTS...
Updated 1 year ago.
 

Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

Tizanidine
  • Capsule: 2mg, 4mg, 6mg
  • Tablet: 2mg, 4mg
Note: Above list includes dosages for all drugs with the same combination of active ingredients.

NDC Database Records for Zanaflex: (11 results)

Sorted by National Drug Code
  • 10144-594 Zanaflex 4 mg Oral Tablet by Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
  • 10144-602 Zanaflex 2 mg Oral Capsule by Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
  • 10144-604 Zanaflex 4 mg Oral Capsule by Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
  • 10144-606 Zanaflex 6 mg Oral Capsule by Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
  • 16590-756 Zanaflex 6 mg Oral Capsule by Stat Rx USA LLC
  • 16590-871 Zanaflex 4 mg Oral Capsule by Stat Rx USA LLC
  • 21695-373 Zanaflex 4 mg Oral Capsule by Rebel Distributors Corp
  • 35356-341 Zanaflex 2 mg Oral Capsule by Lake Erie Medical & Surgical Supply Dba Quality Care Products LLC
  • 35356-342 Zanaflex 4 mg Oral Capsule by Lake Erie Medical & Surgical Supply Dba Quality Care Products LLC
  • 35356-446 Zanaflex 6 mg Oral Capsule by Lake Erie Medical & Surgical Supply Dba Quality Care Products LLC
  • 55289-612 Zanaflex 4 mg Oral Tablet by Pd-rx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Other drugs which contain Tizanidine or a similar ingredient: (1 result)


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