What is Tizanidine (Zanaflex) used for?
Tizanidine is a central alpha-2 adrenergic agonist used to treat symptoms of muscle spasticity (stiffness) associated with neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury. It functions as a central nervous system muscle relaxant and reduces muscle spasms.
Zanaflex is the brand name but is also available as a generic. They both contain the same active ingredient and both the brand and generic work in the same way. Do not stop taking this medication suddenly as you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor will instruct you how to stop taking this medication.
Some common side effects of Tizanidine are fatigue, dry mouth, dizziness, urinary frequency, nervousness, sore throat and runny nose. It can also cause sedation. Persons should not drive or operate machinery until they know how they respond to the drug. This can cause liver damage or reduce liver function. You may need to be examined to determine whether or not it poses a health risk.
When you talk to your doctor about Tizanidine, provide your doctor a list of your current prescription drugs, as well as vitamins and herbal products. They need to be aware of what you take to avoid drug interactions or adverse effects. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you experience an allergic reaction for medical advice.