User Reviews for Tizanidine
Also known as: Zanaflex
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Reviews for Tizanidine to treat Muscle Spasm
Review by egg plant (taken for 5 to 10 years):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): I've been on these for about 8 years. They work good on low back pain, DJD and bulging disc on my neck. Along with other pain killers it works good, but don't drive while on them. They do make you sleepy fast and also they tend to lower your blood pressure and you will get dizzy standing up. You can get a good night sleep on them. I take one 4 mg 2 times a day.
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April 22, 2015 4:28 AM
Review by miga:
I take 8 mg a day. 2 mg morning and noon and 4 mg in the evening. Effective in spasm relieve and perfect for the night, before that I was constantly tired, but unable to rest at night of discomfort and pain in the neck. Now I am alive during the day with some exceptions, an hour after I take 2 mg pill I feel sleepy if I am relaxed. But if I am outside or active sleepiness goes away. That is not applied for 4 mg, after this does I am out.
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April 20, 2015 6:28 AM
Review by NicoleLynn615 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): I take this along with Baclofen to try and calm the tone and muscle spasms. Since adding the Xanaflex my muscle spasms don't last as long. However they do still occur quite frequently.
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April 18, 2015 3:30 PM
Review by loripnyl:
Zanaflex (tizanidine): So far so good.
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April 16, 2015 7:00 PM
Review by dallasann:
It helps with my nerve pain but it does put me to sleep for a couple hours.
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March 10, 2015 9:32 PM
Review by Anonymous:
Zanaflex (tizanidine): Prescribed after 4th lumbar fusion fail. Helps with sleeping in a painful condition
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February 12, 2015 9:42 AM
Review by DrugExpert101 (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): Take this for Neck Spasms after surgery. Taking now for 2 years. Had major surgery. Do not think this is good for me, anyways. I can not stay awake when I take it, thus, I have to take it only at night, and cannot drive, and please do not drive if you take this medication as it, for me, puts me right out. Told 3 doctors this, they will not give me another med for neck spasms and cramps so I use it as I can. It helps, but does make me dizzy and extremely sleepy. If you have sleep Apnea, be VERY cautious!
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February 6, 2015 12:42 AM
Review by Belinda36203 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): I was prescribed Zanaflex for muscle spasms and to help me sleep. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, osteo/degenerative arthritis, sciatica, and an unspecified autoimmune disorder. It was prescribed as 3-4mg tablets at bedtime but that was too high a dose for me. Sometimes, I have the side effect of really low BP, although I have been taking HIGH BP meds for 5+ years. It doesn't happen all the time (when I take it) but it is very scary when it does happen. I have black outs, feel incredibly high, and can't hold my eyes open, at times. The blood pressure drops have happened, in the past, when I was not on Zanaflex, but this medication just seems to make it worse and I am not going to take it anymore. The side effects are too scary.
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January 17, 2015 7:43 AM
Review by immarcie (taken for less than 1 month):
I was put on this medicine at the beginning of Nov., 4mg. eight hrs apart, for severe muscle spasms in my spine. Prior to that I'd been on Robaxin. So far, it only seems to last about 3 hrs in terms of relief/prevention of these spasms. I asked to change from the Robaxin since it didn't seem to be working after taking it for about 2 yrs and had read/seen a lot of good reviews on it. Unfortunately, my provider doesn't like to switch medicines so more than likely I'll end up just using my heating pad and ice packs for relief. I'm not getting any side effects from it but that's about the only good thing I can say thus far.
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November 20, 2014 11:29 AM
Review by candy's beautiful smile (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): I was prescribed this medication for muscle pain related to rheumatoid arthritis and chronic tendonitis. Personally I'm VERY sensitive to this medication and suffer the "rare: side effects slurred speech, hallucinations (only at night) disorientation (I've gotten lost in my own room twice when I take 4 mg) low heart rate. The highest dose I have taken is 8mg with Xanax for my anxiety, once I stayed awake although drowsy, I watched a movie; the second time I woke up in ICU for bradycardia, hypotension and change in level of consciousness. Despite talking this daily for 2 months, I still have side effects. My husband says this medicine makes me drunk. I have been taking 1mg at a time. It does work well.
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November 18, 2014 6:04 PM
Review by Another surgery soon:
Zanaflex (tizanidine): I've been on various pain meds and muscle relaxants for years. Soma was working till these past 6 months. I have severe Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Had Cervical Fusion in C5 & C in Jan 1st 2014, had Lumbar fusion in L5 & L4 about 5 years ago & now have Severe Herniated Disc's again at the L5 S1 region with nasty nerve pain radiating down Entire right leg to toes, along with Nasty Muscle Spasms & will be having another surgery soon. Been taking this for 3 days & doing great so far!
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October 29, 2014 5:36 PM
Review by mjd7786:
Worked great when I first started meds, but slowly had to increase dosage for relief. I have Fibromyalgia. I take 12 to 16 mg at night. I have started having hallucinations, terrible nightmares. It causes really bad dry mouth. Doesn't help me sleep anymore. Will see if there is something else out there.
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August 30, 2014 10:07 PM
Review by Punky 62:
Zanaflex (tizanidine): My mother had taken this for years for leg cramps. She started having hallucinations. She started by having a dream every night for about a month that involved the same people. When she woke up in the morning, her dreams had become reality for her. I finally convinced her to go off the medication and now no more problems. Her cardiologist suggested she go off the medication about 6 month before.
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August 4, 2014 1:07 PM
Review by erraticatticat (taken for 1 to 2 years):
I have excruciating muscle spasms in my back just on the left side and down my sciatic nerve in my left leg. I have been taking hydrocodone for quite a long time and it only barely did any good along with Flexeril. I finally found a neurologist and he took me off the Flexeril and gave me tizanadine in addition to gabapentin and the hydrocodone. It has been working really well in that I can now stand up long enough to cook dinner where, before, I had to sit down every few minutes just to be able to make a salad, let alone a whole meal. I can grocery shop for as long as it takes without having to go to the pharmacy area to sit and can again shop for clothing, household items and whatever I need for as long as I need. Anyone with hair loss?
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August 3, 2014 12:44 AM
Review by Mp33:
Zanaflex (tizanidine): I take this for my Spina Bifida. Helps so much!
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July 31, 2014 12:18 AM
Review by Lilspark77:
Zanaflex (tizanidine): After a bad car accident I've been prescribed several medications all of which had side effects that made them not possible to function with. Zanaflex is great, it starts working in about an hour after ingestion, it does make me sleepy so I take it one hour before bed and have a wonderful sleep. I wake up with out any grogginess the next morning. The only reason I didn't rate it a 10 is that if I took it during the day I would be drowsy.
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July 19, 2014 12:37 AM
Review by singingtothewheat (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): Zanaflex was working well for my lower back which has been an issue since a car accident in Oct of 2013. This has progressed to a point where I am waiting for an M.R.I. During the last 3 months I have been dealing with spasms in my left leg that went from annoying and limiting my ability to move around slightly to full blown, unbelievably painful leg spasms. The medication is no longer working. I am going to call my doctor on Monday and ask about Soma since it seems to have a much better score when it comes to stopping spasms.
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June 1, 2014 6:52 PM
Review by O.Lou (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): I found this to be a wonderful muscle relaxant with very few, if any, negative side effects. It worked well for me during many bouts of chronic back pain that kept me awake at night. It did make me a little bit sleepy and dizzy, but nothing that bothered me very much at all. At night, this wasn't even a concern, but I could easily take it during the day at work and perform and feel fine. This isn't exactly a "pain" medication but I did find that it worked almost as well for my particular back pain as the narcotic medicines I was also prescribed.
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May 3, 2014 4:17 PM
Review by Ga boy (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): Zanaflex works great to relieve my lower back pain. However, it seems to keep me awake instead of helping me sleep. I rest well but just do not fall asleep.
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April 18, 2014 8:31 AM
Review by LAFS (taken for 10 years or more):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): I have Multiple Sclerosis and was excited to begin Zanaflex as soon as it was approved in 1996. I had studied it for quite some time as it was in use in 47 countries before the US. I Love it and have had great results to this day with it. I'm not sure if it is very well presented or explained to patients; however, this is a very unique skeletal muscle relaxant & it actually targets the actual nerves of the patient. When you begin treatment it is important to note that for the 1st 2-3 weeks it is taking effect in your system. Great medicine!
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April 4, 2014 11:18 PM
Review by jokerswild5050:
My insurance company decided to stop paying for the medication I was on so my Doc is trying something else and that something else is is Tizanidine. I had hopes that it would work as I have several medical issues but unfortunately all that has happened is I have the worst case of dry... well I was going to say dry mouth but it's more like someone cut the top of my head & filled it up with sand. I have the worse case of dry head. I know it sounds funny but my eyes, nose & mouth are so dry. I can't remember a medication making me feel quite so dry. It isn't helping the muscle spasms at all but as a sleep aid it works pretty good.
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February 21, 2014 9:03 PM
Review by backitis (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): This medication caused my blood pressure to drop but did not relieve the muscle spasms in my back.
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November 20, 2013 12:50 PM
Review by CerebralPalsyChick:
Zanaflex (tizanidine): This medicine helps me sleep but that's the best i can say about it. It doesn't relieve pain or help relax my spastisity. If your pain and problems are only at night this is good for you. I hallucinate a lot once I adjusted to the dose it changed but if I ever have to take more than usual then I start to hear and see things......I had conversations with my husband in the middle of the night when he wasn't there. And many other accounts. I would suggest you use caution. I have a very high level of muscle pain for many reasons and I'm very spastic so its not a surprise that Zanaflex doesn't work as well as I'd like for me. I will continue to take it while i explore other options. It isn't a bad medication.
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November 1, 2013 12:15 PM
Review by Chitown-Di (taken for 1 to 2 years):
I've had several lower back issues for the majority of my life including surgery. I used to take Flexeril but didn't like the way it made me feel. I told my doc and he switched me to Zanaflex. It has been a God send especially when it comes to sleep. I used to take Ambien but has severe side effects including a dangerous sleepwalking episode. I have replaced Flexeril and Ambien with Zanaflex with incredible results. I take it before bed and am able to get a great nights rest without that horrible "drunk"/drowsy feeling when I get up. The only drawback is I do get very tired approximately 30 min after taking it so I don't use it during the day.
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October 15, 2013 8:44 AM
Review by southernbeauty (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Zanaflex (tizanidine): Zanaflex has really helped me. I had major hip surgery last year and have had a very difficult time bouncing back. After the surgery I became very weak, lost significant amounts of muscle definition and tone, which resulted in a weakened lower back and core. I now live in excruciating pain, my L5 & S1 has completely compressed with my sciatic nerve in the middle. I have extreme nerve pain, and hypersensitivity down my right leg. Daily chores are very difficult, and my love for fitness now feels like a daunting chore. My doctor switched me from Soma to Zanaflex. At first I didn't like it because it made me extremely drowsy and would knock me out. Now I am used to the side effects and can honestly say that this medication is the best muscle relaxer I have ever taken. It reduces back pain, loosens up the tightness, and compliments my oxycodone very nicely. I can finally "function" again, and exercise, lift weights, and do my daily duties as a house wife & mother.
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October 4, 2013 10:14 AM
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