My son-in-law takes zanaflex and I am worried about him driving long distance taking this, but needs it for knee problems
How does it take for zanaflex to clear your system?
Question posted by grandma531960 on 18 Sep 2013
Last updated on 16 July 2015
It knocks me right out! I can't imagine driving on this stuff, yet as the others have said, if he is used to it, it may not have any affect on his driving abilities.
I used to take Zanaflex for over a year and I never got used to it. It made me terribly sleepy. I would dream with my eyes open so I can understand your concern! I got to where I would only take it at bedtime. For some people it is very sedating and for others it is not. He may be some of the ones who is not sedated. He should be able to judge for himself if he is too sedated to drive. I, personally, wouldnt take it and drive immediately but Zanaflex is very short acting. The sedation usually wears off in 2-3 hours.
Zanaflex takes three days to clear your system. If he has been on it for a while he has probably gotten used to the medication. I would also ask the doctor that prescribed it about him driving on it, as well. I would advise that he take a lot of breaks during his long distance drive so that he may stretch his legs and knees, as well. Best of luck!
If he's been on it, its not doing a thing to his ability to drive, and without it, he'd have severe pain in no time.
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