ZANAFLEX DRUG INFO
The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate
that utilizing this drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for your condition.
Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
TIZANIDINE - ORAL (tize-AN-ih-deen)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Zanaflex
USES: This medication is used to
treat muscle spasms.
ZANAFLEX USAGE:Consume Zanaflex exactly it has been recommended by your physician. If you do not
understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor
to explain them to you. Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Zanaflex is generally taken several times over the course of a day. Follow the instructions your physician gave you carefully.
Do not take more than three doses of tizanidine--or more
than 36 mg--within a 24 period. Too much of this medication has the potential to damage your
liver. Store Zanaflex at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, drowsiness,
dizziness, constipation, unusual weakness or dry mouth might occur.
If these continue or are bothersome, notify your doctor. To minimize
dizziness, stand up slowly when arising from a sitting or lying
position. Notify your doctor right away if you experience: yellowing skin or eyes (or a jaundice type appearance),
stomach pain, vomiting, hallucinations. The following is very unlikely, but definitely report:
vision or hearing changes, urinary frequency or burning, slow or
irregular heartbeat, black stool. An allergic reaction to this drug
is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, dizziness,
trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above,
contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking Zanaflex
, tell your doctor if you have: any allergies, significantly low blood pressure,
liver or heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease. Limit the use
of alcohol as alcohol may intensify the dizziness and drowsiness
effects of this drug. Use caution when driving or operating machinery
or when alertness is required. This medication should be used only
when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits
with your doctor. It is currently unknown whether this drug is excreted
into human milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Caution
is advised when this drug is used in the elderly.
DRUG INTERACTIONS:Be sure to inform your doctor
of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may take,
especially of: blood pressure drugs (e.g., water pills, clonidine,
methyldopa, guanabenz, guanfacine), MAO inhibitors (e.g., linezolid,
furazolidone, phenelzine, selegiline), sleep enhancement medicines, sedatives
(e.g., diazepam), tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs, narcotic pain
relievers (e.g., codeine, morphine), barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital),
certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), other muscle relaxants
(e.g., cyclobenzaprine), certain antidepressants (e.g., imipramine,
amitriptyline, trazodone), phenothiazine psychiatric drugs (e.g.,
chlorpromazine), birth control pills. Do not start or stop any medicine
without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose of this medication is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include trouble breathing or unconsciousness.
NOTES: Your doctor may monitor
liver tests during treatment. Do not share this medication with
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose of Zanaflex, take it as soon as you remember.
If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and
resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up"
the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and