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User Reviews for Tizanidine

Also known as: Zanaflex

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For Muscle Spasm: "I started out on 2mg. then was moved to 4mg. After a while, it was not working as well as I needed so my pain doctor moves the dosage to 6mg. I take this with other medication 3 times a day. The only downfall I feel is after 6hours it is not working as well as it could. It may be because of my injuries. I have, the following RSD, ruptured discs, bulging discs and permanent nerve damage. Thank you for letting me post this."

dee October 1, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "I took Tizanidine for muscle spasms and it knocks me out at night and now my throat is dry plus it burns and is very painful, I have a runny nose also and my knee and ankle and feet are swollen and in pain. I’ll never take this medicine again. I take percocet 7.5/325 no problems. I took flexerol in the past and this never happened. This medicine isn’t for me."

   
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Mama980509 (taken for less than 1 month) September 18, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "I was prescribed this for numerous symptoms. I’m in the process of being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and I experience full body pain that nothing else touches, difficulty sleeping, and migraine like headaches. This medication has helped me tremendously. I can only take it at night as it does make me extremely sleepy. And if I take too late in the evening, I have a difficult time waking up on time."

   
9.0

GMR (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 18, 2018

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Zanaflex (tizanidine) for Muscle Spasm: "It is very effective as a muscle relaxer for me"

   
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Lindsey (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 6, 2018

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For Cluster Headaches: "I have occipital Neuralgia my nerve pain has been horrible and exacerbated by insomnia. This medication has been the only one is 10 years to actually make me sleep without feeling groggy in the morning. I will say that you should take a minimal dose becuae I have felt slight hallucinations and like I’m having problems swallowing although I feel that this is more of an anxiety than actual reality. I’m in medical field so I feel comfortable saying this. I have taken it too late in night and had difficulty walking the next day and which can pretty scary. However, it is a muscle relaxer. Take as prescribed."

   
9.0

K8 August 28, 2018

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Zanaflex (tizanidine) for Muscle Spasm: "I have severe muscle spasms in my neck. My doctor prescribed this when I was in her office in total agony. It was like heaven. I take 4mg tabs, but I can't do 3x a day, so I break one in half if needed, but I feel so good when I wake up. This drug has made a world of difference in my life."

   
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CaDomino (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 25, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "I was prescribed this medication for muscle spasms after orthopedic surgery to repair a severely crushed lower leg. It was the only one of 3 or 4 meds that worked but the side effects were bizarre. As I would start to drift off I would wake and open my eyes and if I looked straight at the wall beyond the foot of my bed I would have the sensation that I was looking straight down and was vertical in my orientation. It was very shocking at first because I of course would think I was going to fall. I also had extremely lucid dreams that I thought were real even in a waking state. I learned to control the orientation problem but the dreams were off the charts."

   
5.0

JC (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 21, 2018

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Zanaflex (tizanidine) for Muscle Spasm: "I've been on this medication for about a year now I'm prescribed 4mg three times a day. I can't take the whole 4mg during the day or else I'll be to sedated so I break it in half. It has worked well for me especially when I can't sleep and I take a whole dose. I try not to take it everyday so I keep a low tolerance to it. I have fibromyalgia along with other health issues."

   
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Tater (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 10, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "Tizanidine was prescribed in 2015 to help relieve pain caused by spinal stenosis at the top and bottom of my spine. I am extremely tolerant of most drugs. One 2 mg tab was prescribed for 3 times a day. It seemed to relieve my pain just enough to help me sleep. I haven't had back pain for the 3 years I've taken it (as of 2018), and it still helps me sleep a little. I'm unsure whether the Tizanidine is reducing my pain, or the stenosis is hibernating, but I'm not about to mess with success and intend to continue taking it. The drug seems somewhat effective and has no untoward side effects for me."

   
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setha2z August 7, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "Just came across this site. About five years ago I was prescribed Zanaflex to help with severe neck pain from facet arthropathy. The first night of taking it and going directly to bed, within ten minutes I literally could not move. I could not speak or moan to call out to my husband in another room for help, could not move my extremities, felt like I couldn't breathe, etc. I was horrified and helpless throughout the night; and was awake the entire night. I notified my Dr and tossed the Zanaflex. I have extreme drug sensitivities and this was the worst I've ever experienced. There should be a warning about this kind of reaction."

Siam (taken for less than 1 month) August 4, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "This drug knocked me flat out. It did its job along with heating pad and alternating that with ice...also it works great as just a sleeping pill!!!!"

Sharon2U (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 10, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "I have used this when I had a herniated disc in my lower back for a year before I had surgery. Now I have been taking it for a year with my cervical dystonia (chronic nerve pain starting at neck). It does still make me pass out when I take it but it really stops the pain. Better than the tramadol, gabapentin, steroids, Tylenol 3 etc. I do not take together but klonopin is part of my meds too that also help. I feel like my body which is always tense relaxes with Tizanidine. Not something to work or drive right after taking. I have found nothing to function with to relieve the pain I have."

   
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Marcy (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 4, 2018

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For Not Listed / Other: "Tizanidine is the worst pain reliever. It hasn't helped at all I'm still in a lot of pain. I've bad chronic pain for years and they wanted to try this. It is safe to say I don't like it. It's a big waste of time. I'm not getting any relief or sleep"

   
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Nicki (taken for less than 1 month) June 28, 2018

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For Cluster Headaches: "Have been on Tizanadine 4 mg every night for about a year for migraine prophylaxis. Have tried so many meds over 25 years. Couldn’t afford Botox even with my insurance was going to be $200 at least. This is the first med that has actually worked at decreasing the amount of headaches. Went from daily to maybe 2 or 3 a month. Still take Sumatriptan when I do get one and that always works for me. This message is a life saver for me."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 18, 2018

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Zanaflex (tizanidine) for Muscle Spasm: "For fibromyalgia muscle pain and knots. Taking 2mg at night, helps somewhat."

   
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Kelz (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 13, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "Prescribed for a muscle pull and I've taken it for two days, doubling the dosage and the 4mg just doesn't do a thing. Doesn't even make me sleepy. Dug in the cabinet and found some out of date, by 2yrs 10mg of another relaxer, Flexeril. I finally get relief. I added alleve to each muscle relaxer."

   
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Bunni (taken for less than 1 month) June 6, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "What a nightmare went from sleeping a few hours to waking up soaking wet, hot & freezing; my stomach hurts & I have diarrhea. Facial flushing during the day. Luckily I only took 1 mg for 4 nights in a row after re-injuring herniation in Neck C6 - C7 and getting dizzy. I have been on the computer for days wondering why I was having hot flashes & night sweats - I have taken this before for a stiff neck a few months ago that is when it all started. Can't wait for all the side affects to go away! I can't tell when that will be. I would rather they gave me a valium any day."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 28, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "Tizanidine caused hallucinations. Didn't help alleviate muscle spasms or pain yet."

   
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Ina Lotofpain (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 22, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "I have taken tizinadine a few years for muscle spasms and it worked pretty well. Now when I take even one 4 mg tablets my chest gets tight, have trouble breathing and am extremely weak and tired. I thought I was having heart problems but I believe the tizinadine is causing these symptoms. I won't be taking any more."

   
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Wanda (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 11, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "My doctor prescribed the 4 mg tablets which within an hour of taking, the moderate spasms I was having were now almost intolerable. I couldn't sleep, concentrate, or do anything except think of the pain. I dropped back to 2 mg and had several times that the tizanidine actually started the initial spasms, along with the issues mentioned above, only in a slightly lesser severity. Only when I dropped down to 1 mg three times a day or as needed did I start getting some relief from my bad hip and lower back pain and spasms. I've never had to go to this much trouble getting a med to do what it says it should do. I'm not a fan of this one..."

   
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Rick (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 9, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "I've been taking Tizanidine for muscle spasms from my MS. For years I was only taking 2 mg at bedtime. About 6 months ago, my doctor increased my dose to 2 mg , 3 times a day. I'm constantly sweating. Needless to say, I'm not taking it anymore. I already take Baclofen for spasticity."

   
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SweetSydney (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 14, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "Very first dose last night. It caused severe dizziness, dry mouth, my heart was racing. I couldn't sit up without fainting. Spent several hours on the bathroom floor since I also felt nauseous. This med is not for me."

   
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girly (taken for less than 1 month) April 10, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "This medicine makes me have to urinate all the time. I wake up several times a night and I take ambien to sleep. Definitely not worth it. When you pay for a prescription that helps you sleep and then you can’t."

   
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Ang (taken for less than 1 month) March 25, 2018

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For Muscle Spasm: "I'm 60 years old. This is the worst medication I have every been given. I took the medication for 2 nights and that was enough for me. I felt like I was on LSD in the 70's. I was asking my dogs to turn off the lights-like they were human. I saw bugs crawling all over the electrical outlets and anything electric. When I say bugs I mean thousands of them. NEVER AGAIN."

   
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slickbiy (taken for less than 1 month) March 3, 2018

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For Cluster Headaches: "I suffer from tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, you name it. I take Fioricet when I feel a migraine coming on. Sometimes it doesn't help and that's when I realize I have misjudged the type of headache I have at that time. As the symptoms progress to a classic cluster headache I take between 4 to 8mg of tizanadine and in about 30 minutes my pain goes from a 9 or 10 to a 2 or 3. Many of my headaches come from my neck and cervical spine issues. This medication helps the stiff, sore muscles in my neck and upper back which goes along with some types of my headaches. Sometimes it's hard to tell as I go through a cycle of cluster headaches with other types mixed in. This medication, above all my other headache meds, is the most effective. It does have side effects of dry mouth and sedation. At night the sedation is great, but tough to function during the day. I can take 2mg without getting sleepy but it's not enough to help sufficiently with the intense pain."

   
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RN student Deb (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 17, 2018

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