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What is this medication?

Tizanidine, Zanaflex
Alpha2-Adrenergic Agonist

Tizanidine, Zanaflex in indicated for treatment of spasticity; muscle tightness

How does this medication work?

Tizanidine, Zanaflex is an alpha2-adrenergic agonist agent which reduces muscle spasticity by increasing presynaptic inhibition of the motor neurons.  The greatest effects are on the polysynaptic pathways.  Tizanidine, Zanaflex reduces the facilitation of spinal motor neurons and subsequently reduces muscle spasticity attributed to a spinal injury or neurological disorder such as multiple sclerosis.

How should I take this medication?

Oral: 4mg to 8mg every 8 hours as needed.

You can open and sprinkle the contents inside the capsule on food.

What should I watch for while using this medication?

Before starting Tizanidine, Zanaflex make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take.  Tizanidine, Zanaflex can worsen hepatoxicity, contribute to hypotension, cause sedation and visual hallucinations in some patients.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible.  However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose.  Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times.  Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C).  Protect from light.  Keep the container tightly closed.  Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Hypotension, drowsiness, dizziness, xerostomia, asthenia, bradycardia, nervousness, visual hallucination, constipation, vomiting, urinary tract infection, urinary frequency, infection, blurred vision, pharyngitis, rhinitis.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for Tizanidine, Zanaflex only common ones.