Is my dosage too high? I have only been on it 6 days, and yesterday I heard voices twice when no one was around. It has totally helped my pain, but I also have eye pressure/pain but it goes as quickly as it comes, but on a daily basis.
Has anyone experienced hallucinations, like hearing voices while taking Zanaflex?
Question posted by cathi1960 on 10 May 2011
Last updated on 11 February 2022 by Babaji4me
I was on a small dose for a short time. It started about the 3rd night I took it. I saw blue and black abstract patterns on the walls, floor and bedspread of my room. I also saw unknown objects right beside me, when I tried to touch them my hand would go right through them and they would still be there. The next night the same exact thing only the colors were red and black.. It was terrifying. I will never take this drug again... never. No muscle relaxers for me.
Yep. I can ONLY take it right before bed. If it kicks in before, I cannot even manipulate my bed covers and pillow. But it definitely helps me sleep but I think it definitely the sedative effect. I do also take gabapentin and trazadone so that probably doesn't help. Or DOES help, depending on how ya look at it. And I DO have visual "imagery" and hear songs, some I recognize, or a TV program, or a DJ talking or a commercial, with nothing on in our house. The visual hallucinations initially bothered me. Once, I saw a silhouette of a man looking around and opening the door to our porch. I woke my husband who grabbed his gun(we do have a "stand your ground" law, FYI and LOL) but there was nobody there and I ended up falling on the kitchen floor, I was so dizzy! And I've seen what looked like a dark shadow creature skittering up and around our bedroom closet.
Got up exclaiming " get behind me Satan!!! " My husband asked me the next day if I remembered that, hahahaha!
Now, I mostly get little scenes that are pleasant like little cartoon animals floating on a boat. Like shrooms! Or LSD! Not sure because I never did street drugs. Maybe that's why tizanidine affects me this way.
When I asked about switching back to Flexeril, my provider said hallucinations aren't common and wanted me to stay in the Zanaflex. I'm fine with that, now that I know what it does before the zzzzzs come.
I’ve been having the hallucinations of huge spiders! Crawling on my ceiling and bed! So scary. I put eye mask on so when I open my eyes, I don’t see the horrid creatures.
Hallucinations are a rare but reported side effect:
Common (1% to 10% of users): Nervousness
Rare (0.01% to 0.1% of users): Hallucinations, insomnia, sleep disorders"
I had TERRIBLE MADDENING hallucinations taking this medication in the hospital. I had to find a way to be conscious enough to tell them to take me off of it which was very hard because I was totally OUT of it. I won’t ever take this medication again in my lifetime!!
I have a lot of hallucinations. But not every night. I take 6mg every night. Makes me very drowsy and dizzy. Last April I took my dose, sat and watched TV til it made me sleepy. I got up to put my glass in the kitchen, and passed out. Woke up to my son over me. Long story short, I broke both fibulas. One below my knee, other at my ankle. I still have a metal plate and screws in my right ankle. As for hallucinations, I see and hear cats on my bed, I hear them purr and feel them walking on my bed. I pet them and they react. They snuggle with me. I have also seen people at the foot of my bed, a tall thin man with a woman and 2 kids. Last night I saw all of them. I also heard in my right ear, the young girl, whisper Mommy, Mommy. I told her I can't see her clearly. I could see only a form like white and watery. She looked like the size of a teenager. I asked her name and she said Rebecca. Blew my mind. 17 years ago my husband and I lost a baby girl. That we'd named Rebecca!!!
Oh yes. Mine aren’t scary. It’s shapes, letters, words and they swirl or spin. Sometimes it shoots me straight out of bed. I also feel my heart pounding. That is the part that freaks me out. I am scared I am going to die. My pulse is normal though. I had been on it for years before it happened. The first time it looked like a lava lamp. It’s there when I open my eyes too. I’ve learned to deep breathe and let it pass since I took Ambien for 20 years and tizanidine is the only thing that puts me to sleep. I feel better knowing it will go away and I’m not dying. I just breathe my way through it.
Yes its a side effect. Once you understand why its happening its not as scary. My first experience was terrifying but as soon as I understood it wasn't real I was OK the next few times it happened. After a while that effect will go away
Glad to see others experiencing this. I was prescribed tizanidine about10 months ago for my legs that lock up during the night without it. I had spinal stenosis surgery but my doctor thinks my leg problem stems from peripheral neuropathy. I take one 4mg tizanidine at bedtime and take another at 1am as the first one wears off in 4 hours. With the 2 I am able to sleep all night with little or no problems. About 3 months ago I had my first hallucination with this medicine. I don't remember at the time but remember it felt real. Last night I got up at 1am to take my second pill and fell instantly asleep. I woke up at exactly 2:10am and saw the most colorful images on my bedroom wall. It was like watching a video or tv. It reminded me of watch Looney Tunes when I was a kid (I'm 73 now) with the most colorful pin wheels circling the image. I watched it for minutes and closed my eyes hoping it would go away. It was still their when I opened them again.
After a couple more minutes I shut them again and fell straight to sleep again. With these pills I can be looking at the clock at 2:00 and close my eyes for what feels like seconds then open them again to see 4:00am . Wife says she never saw anyone go to sleep that fast before. All I have to say is that the vision I saw was the most beautiful and colorful I have ever experienced. It was no dream but my brain made is so real.
I think that you have to be careful about dosage. I have taken this medication off and on. Sometimes I take more than 1 when I am really sore. I have had auditory hallucinations twice now for sure. Last night freaked me out though. I swear there was a ghost in my room. I will never take more than 1 again. No matter how sore I am.
No eye pressure but I’m either having hallucinations, going crazy or being haunted! Just like someone else answered, my 120 yr old (beautiful) house has had some activity since we bought it two years ago. But since I’ve been prescribed Zanaflex (2 months ago) it has been a nightmare! A couple of nights ago I had was drifting off to sleep and saw a black shadow next to me, I could still see my mother in the room watching tv. The shadow wrapped around me and began squeezing me chest and wrapping itself around my neck and head to the point that I couldn’t breathe. I felt like I was going to die. I could see every movement my mom was making in the recliner & the show she was watching on tv.
I was screaming & flailing my arms for help (or so I thought) but wasn’t really moving! My last ditch effort to NOT die was screaming “In Jesus’ name I command you to release me!” Every time I said it, the figure would relieve pressure off me until eventually I could breathe. Maybe I’ve watched too many scary movies bc I’m not particularly religious but that’s what my mind concocted to do! When I came out of it, I was in full blown panic & couldn’t breathe. I had to vomit & use my inhaler to breathe effectively again. Last night, I heard a deep low voice mumbling loudly by my bed as well. Scared the bejeepers out of me but kept enough of my wits to just calmly say to myself that this was a hallucination from the Zanaflex & to ignore it. Logically, I know this was all side effects & sleep paralysis from the med but oh my gosh it seems soooooo freaking real as it happens! And I have NEVER taken more than 1/2 of a 4 mg pill at night. I’m hoping this will disappear as I adjust to the med bc it is the only thing that helps me along with Lamictal.
This medication has really really screwed with my psyche. I’ve had visions of women in black dresses that are dead watching me sleep then sliding down my walls to my bed. Once my husband (who was asleep) was covered in bugs. I’ve seen the most horrible things and I won’t ever ever forget it. Little men-like creatures up in my windows hiding in my blinds. I won’t ever take this again
I not only hear voices on this drug, but I also see ghosts..they carry on with their usual activities without knowing that I exist. My old house actually DID have paranormal activity, people from the college's paranormal psychology dept came out several times to study it. I've since moved to a brand new dwelling so doubt what I'm seeing here is real. I'm seeing ghosts again... going on like I'm not there..but recently, they've seen me and keep looking. It freaks me out. My doctor wants me to stay on the medication, they think it's residual from my last house. College thinks I was "followed", but the ghosts have never looked right at me before. I've become extremely anxious about it. I'll close my bedroom door to keep them out but then my cat comes out from under the bed and won't stop scratching at the door. Before this happens, he's always on top of the bed. Is it drug related halucinations or is it a haunting? I want to blame the drug..
I had almost identical experiences. The shadow people, the voices, the vines and trees, Christmas lights, moving squiggles, ringing in my ears. Only one spider (and never Trump's face, thank God). More than once I've women my poor boyfriend up screaming my fool head off.
My auditory hallucinations usually consist of loud, repetitious music. Everything seems more intense when I take it with Seroquel or Ambien.
Just try to remember that the hallucinations can't hurt you. I know they seem so real, though!
I've been on Zanaflex/Tizanidine since I was 17. I'm 25 now. In the past 2 years, the hallucinations have started. I didn't think it was this medication causing it at first because I'd been on it for so long and never had them, but had gotten a new medication which I thought must have been causing it. I started getting vivid hallucinations, night terrors, and just very vivid dreams in general. I eventually stopped taking this other medication a few months after starting, when the hallucinations became too intense. They started as seeing bugs or shadows in bed with me, or sometimes hearing someone shout and wake me up. I worked nights so slept during the day which I think saved me from the worst of it, because it was light in my room. I quit that other medication and moved into a new apartment which had a very dark bedroom even during the day, and that's where the bad stuff started.
I'd see shadows, bugs, feel like I was levitating. All the usual. Eventually I made myself quit opening my eyes if I was half-asleep. Then the hallucinations became auditory. I turned my sleep music up but it didn't help. Often, I'd hear my music and wouldn't understand any of the words, even though it was the same music i'd been listening to for years while I slept, to keep the hallucinations away. I realized that I'd been having these hallucinations since I started the medication, but wrote them off as waking dreams or something. Just started sleeping with sleep music to compensate, so I'd hear that instead of thinking I heard anything else. Anyway, eventually the hallucinations changed again.
When I started feeling things, I started panicking. I remember nearly fleeing from my apartment, around 2pm, because I felt the bed shift like someone had sat down on the edge of it. I felt something touch me. I screamed "NO" and fled the bedroom, made it all the way to the apartment door where I then stood hovering, telling myself to 'wake up' because I knew it was a hallucination. I would get extremely terrified, but the second I woke up enough to realize I was finally awake, I wouldn't be scared at all. I went right back to my room and went to bed, woke up a few hours later and went to work.
Now it's about several times a week I wake up seeing things. I try not to sleep at night, or if I do, I keep the lights on and make sure my dog is on the bed with me. If anyone shares a bed with me, I freak them out sometimes by either completely not understand them at all when they're speaking to me, or waking up screaming and just acting 'off' until I wake up enough to realize what's happening. On one occasion my boyfriend had to coax me from running out of the room in a panic at something he couldn't see, and in my out-of-it mind I couldn't explain to him what happened, just that I was absolutely terrified. Once I woke up enough a few seconds later, I just climbed back into bed and said 'sorry, hallucination, not real' and went back to bed.
On several occasions, since moving back home, I've woken the whole house up screaming bloody murder while running through the house. I remember feeling like I was floating up out of my bed, like I was dying and scrambling to get back to my body, and upon making it back to my 'bed', I scrambled out of it and was out the door and running through the house into the doorway of my parents' bedroom screaming for help. It took them 2 seconds to get out of bed and come running at me to see what was wrong, and by that time I'd woken up enough to realize what happened. I was a shaking, trembling mess for hours afterward, but I instantly realized what happened and calmly said "nightmare, sorry. Go back to bed." and went back to bed myself. I had somehow climbed out of bed without disturbing 2 of the cats sleeping with me, even though I was moving so quickly I wasn't even awake before making it halfway through the house.
I honestly never thought it'd be this medication doing this to me because I've been on it for so long and it's only recently started doing this to me. I'm now afraid to sleep at night and when I do sleep, prone to night terrors and hallucinations. At least in the daylight they're not as scary. But feeling like you can see things through your closed eyelids is horrifying, especially if the image you're trying to hide from is terrifying.
"I'm either haunted or hallucinating" has become my new catchphrase. It's one of the above.
Does anyone know why this would randomly start happening out of nowhere? I mean, I thought it was that new medication doing it to me, but I've been off that for almost 2 years and these hallucinations are just getting worse.
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