I Have recently been prescribed TiZANidine for bad muscle spasms. And since starting the prescription, If I take one before bed, I can not sleep. It keeps me up all night with just a thousand thoughts running through my head. I've tried reading up on it and everything I read, everyone claims it helps them sleep... Any help on this matter
Insomnia is reported as a rare possible side effect.
Visual hallucinations were observed in 3% (n=5) of patients in 2 clinical trials. Patients were aware the events were not real in most cases, and in only one case did problems persist following discontinuation. Sedation appears to be dose related in single dose studies and may in approximately 10% of cases be severe enough to interfere with daily activities. In multiple dose studies, however, the incidence of sedation peaked following one week of treatment, and remained stable thereafter.[Ref]
Nervous system side effects have frequently been associated with the use of this tizanidine. Sedation, somnolence, and asthenia have been reported in up to 48% of patients. Dizziness has been reported in 16% of patients. "Duskiness, hallucinations, nervousness, insomnia, and speech disorder have been reported rarely."
Talk to your Dr. perhaps you can take it in the morning.
I was prescribed 4mg of tizanidine 3x a day and 10/325 percocet every 4hrs around the clock for chronic back pain starting Feb. of 2015. I noticed when I took it at night I got very sleepy but during the day it didn't phase me much at all. My eating habits were poor and I only ate at night. If I did eat during the day it wasn't close to the times I took the tizanidine. But I used to binge eat at night and I found it so strange that it only made me sleepy at night. Just this June I was bumped up to 8mg tablts of tizanidine every 8 hours and 20mg oxycodone every 4hrs. I noticed strangely since I've been on tizanidine, I no longer binge eat at night. 1 day I ran out of tizanidine and got a few from my sister that had some left over from an arm injury except they were 6mg capsules. They made my heart race and kept me up that night after taking just one capsule.
I normally research my meds before I take them just because I'm a nerd and I like to know exactly what I'm taking but this time I neglected to do so. The next morning I immediately googled tizanidine and found out there was some slight different between the capsules and tablets. But, the bonus was I found that eating with tizanidine increases the side effects of tizanidine. So, when I got my refill bumped up from 4mg to 8mg, I found out that it doesn't come in 8mg but my doc was unaware. The tablets only come in 2mg and 4mg and since I had that terrible night with the 6mg capsules, I had the doc re-write the script for 2 4mg tabs to equal the 8mg. Now, when I wake up in the morning around 8am, I eat a small breakfast and take my meds right after or at least within the hour of taking it and I get very sleepy and I doze right off for about 3hrs and since I'm on disability, I can sleep whenever I want. (yay) Bit, what I'm getting to finally is that if I eat at least an hour before or after I take it, I get super sleepy and the amount of sleep I get is contingent upon how much I eat. I no longer binge eat at night and I've started eating during the day, needless to say, I've lost a considerable amount of weight, which is great with me. And just to be sure that it was the food making me sleepy and not the increase in oxycodone, I started taking the oxy and tizanidine at different times. And every single time that I take it without food inside awake. This was a crucial find for me since I also have insomnia. Ambien doesn't work for me anymore since I've been on it so long. Now, I plan my dosages around my bed time and it has completely changed my horrible sleeping and eating habits, actually more than it helps the muscle spasms. Sorry I took so long to tell my story but I really wanted to share it with you all. So, my question is... have you tried it with food? Any food will do but it has to be more than just a snack nor does it have to be a full meal. A sandwich or salad will do just fine. Try that and see what happens. Hope this helps.
- Tizanidine Information for Consumers
- Tizanidine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tizanidine (detailed)
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