Two nights in with odd dreams immediately and the grogginess easily shook off with a strong cup of coffee. With the positive effects seemingly outweighing the negatives I'm hoping to avoid surgery. Curious when it's efficacy wears off as all other drugs seem to.
Zanaflex is a muscle relaxer, so you must have spasming of your neck muscles, which will aggravate issues with your cervical spine. I take Flexeril for my lower back pain. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. We all react differently to meds. If you take the Zanaflex for long enough, you might have to increase your dosage to get the same relief. But if it works well to ease your pain, I'm sure your doctor will be willing to work with you on dosage increases. Feel better soon!
I tried it recently for muscle spasms but made my vision terribly blurry and read that it rarely can cause glaucoma, Not for me, Momday I'm starting on 800mg x4 daily of Skelaxin. Best of luck to you though. Only we can determine if the side-effects are worth waiting to see if they subside or just be done with it. I can't bare blindness while you have your own stopping point.
I was taking Zanaflex (Tizanidine is the generic, I believe). One pill did nothing and two caused me to sweat, feel groggy and have weird dreams. I finally just switched to another muscle relaxant and I can't think of the name, maybe Skelaxin?. Nothing works like Soma/Carisoprodol but my PM doc will no longer prescribe it.
- Zanaflex Information for Consumers
- Zanaflex Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zanaflex (detailed)
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