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.
I dont know if what I have is hallucinations but sometimes I feel like my brain tries to dream while I'm awake. I can only take this medicine at night because it makes me very sleepy and I've been on it for over a year and that sleepiness has not faded with time. I find that if I take it during the day I have about a half an hour where I am so sleepy and if I try to stay awake that is when my brain tries to dream anyway. That is my experience. If I take it before bedtime I usually just sleep, which is good, because my pain often keeps me from getting a good nights sleep. I have found on occasion though, with this drug, that I wake with a severe sense of smothering and sometimes I have to get up and sleep in a rocking chair for a bit before it passes and I can lay back down in the bed. It only happens on occasion, thank goodness, as it is very uncomfortable.
Hi Cathy - first I'd like 2 get one thing out of the way - meds effect different people differently. Having said that, my *former* PM doc arbitraily switched me from Soma (which had been working great - no side effects, etc. 4 two yrs) 2 Zanaflex bringing on one of the worst months I've ever had. It wasn't just that it was of no help, I got pretty much every side possible, including hallucinations (thank G-d 4 the awesome people here who helped me through that & helped me get back 2 what was working!). If u check this site 4 info on side effects of Zanaflex, one thing stood out 2 me as interesting - hallucinations are a side effect but like u & I experienced, the person is aware that it's not real but a halluciantion. Mine were auditory & visual - I could see & hear other people yet knew it wasn't real. I know it works well 4 many, but it's something I will *never* take again.
The only positive that came out of it was now I have even more empathy 4 clients I work w/ who have schizophrenia, psychotic breaks, dementia, etc. I don't know if you've tried any other muscle relaxers in the past, but IMHO, if ur already experiencing some of the worst side effects 6 days in, perhaps u could talk 2 ur Dr about switching? Best wishes 2 u & hopes that u find the best med fit 4 u!
Yes, Zanaflex/Tizanidine causes me to have hallucinations, hearing voices, seeing things and also talk/mumble in my sleep. I've woken myself up talking not knowing why i was talking too. I've seen objects in my bedroom turn into bugs, intruders, family or others, all from hallucinations from taking this pill.
- Zanaflex Information for Consumers
- Zanaflex Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zanaflex (detailed)
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