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User Reviews for Tizanidine

Also known as: Zanaflex

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Tizanidine Rating Summary

7.1/10 Average Rating

191 Ratings with 159 User Reviews

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Reviews for Tizanidine to treat Muscle Spasm

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"I experience a severe frontal headache everytime I take a full pill. Very bad and painful wakes me up, I have to go take tylenol (1300 mg) but it still hurts. Also, I have very complex crazy dreams."

   
5.0

Norfolk mum March 27, 2017

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"I have severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I sleep so much but barely got any real deep sleep. Add chronic pain and I no longer had a life. I'm only 31. I do not take strong addictive meds because I don't believe in them. However, I was prescribed this from my doctor. 1x 4 mg tabs at night, 1 x 2mg for naps during the day. I was sleeping 2-4 days straight before! Now I sleep less but it's real sleep. 2 or 3 naps a week to sustain me plus real 8 hrs at night. It's great. However with research , I will be very careful with it and come off it slowly when i no longer need it... I don't believe in cure-all drugs. But this has given me a little piece of my life back! So far so good."

   
9.0

ASH2.0 March 9, 2017

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"This is making me always feeling exhausted when doing anything. Fatigue all day. No motivation at all."

   
10

KMJOHNSTON (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 7, 2017

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"Tizanidine is an excellent muscle relaxer compared to ones like Flexerral, Robaxin, Baclofen, etc. Soma does work better but now it's hard to be Rxed because of FDA overregulating. Anyway, it helps me, gives me great sleep, and helps with headaches. The only side effect I get is dry mouth. Overall though, I highly recommend this over all the other ones our there! It's done an awesome job for muscle spasms."

   
10

Ky512 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 11, 2017

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"This medication works so well for me. It doesn't leave me groggy and unable to wake up or function like others have that I've been on."

   
9.0

Ladylisa1313 (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 5, 2017

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"I have MS and the associated chronic pain. My trapeze and entire neck and back are constantly in spasm mode. I do not sleep more of a float above sleep. My nephrologist thought this would help my torso muscle spasms, several types of headaches and facial muscle spasms plus help me sleep. No on all of the above. No sleep. No relief. A new Headache was created by this and it is causing constipation, dizziness, facial flushing, nausea, depression and tummy pain. I took one 4 mg tablet and will not give it another chance. I am miserable enough I do not need to add to my issues with this drug."

   
1.0

Loveblue62 (taken for less than 1 month) January 26, 2017

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"My first muscle relaxer was Valium which worked well but after NY got crazy about controlled substances, I went to Flexaril which did nothing. Then to Tizanidine. The first time I took it I thought someone had given me LSD. I was tripping. It was wild and weird. I stopped taking it. One day I was having the worst muscle spasms and took it again. This time I just fell asleep. I had been on sleep meds but nothing worked like Tizanidine. I stopped taking sleep meds and now just use Tizanidine for sleeping. I take one and a half 4 mg tablets (6 mg a night). If I'm having a bad night and have to take it more than once I feel dizzy and nauseous the next day. The problem is that I can't take it during the day."

   
7.0

JanisBoubous January 24, 2017

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"If I take 4mg at bedtime it will allow me to sleep, however, I can't wake when I need to get up to pee! If I take 2mg (a 4mg pill broken in half) I can get up without a problem and still sleep most of the night. I also have a pain pump 9.0Mgr of hydromorphone, oral hydromorphone, trazodone. Even with these drugs on board at bedtime pain keeps me from sleep more than a few hours total each night... With the addition of some tizanidine, I am able to get nearly a full nights sleep. This is the only time I take it."

   
1.0

Desert1948 January 23, 2017

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"I have been taking carisoprodol for about 6 years (1 at bedtime) for muscle spasms and a perfect 8 hours of sleep. My doctor will no longer prescribe it due to the FDA interfering in my health. Tizanidine does make me drowsy, but it is only good for about 6 hours, and then I am awake 2 hours before I should be. Severe dry mouth while sleeping is not good. Overall blah feeling due to lack of sleep. Drugs aren't addictive. People are. The Feds need to get out of my healthcare. They can't even balance a budget."

   
4.0

FEDOUT (taken for less than 1 month) January 20, 2017

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"I have a bunch of issues in cervical & lumbar spine. I'm delaying neck surgery indefinitely & am still in the injection phase of attempted treatment for lumbar. I take pain meds & had used flexeril, but it didn't work well at all. So dr replaced flexeril with this at 4mg 3x/day. It helped, but not enough. Now on 8mg 3x/day. This dosage helps the spasms, but had to lower AM dose back to 4mg or I can't stay awake. 2nd dose I take either 4 or 8mg, depending on pain & spasms. At bedtime I take 8mg, which pretty much knocks me out. At least this way I get a couple hours deep sleep, which is hard to come by with constant spinal pain. Side effects: sleepiness, very dry mouth, some constipation. Worth it - it helps!"

   
8.0

Lasondra (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 28, 2016

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Zanaflex (tizanidine): "Did not put me to sleep or help with pain. In fact it caused anxiety and made pain worse. I was on 4mg. at night for three days. Quit after that. Don't really know why I was put on it because did not have neck or back pain. I have intractable headache. I personally don't believe in off label uses for pharmaceuticals."

   
1.0

PharmasBitch (taken for less than 1 month) December 23, 2016

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"I take this every night for my Sleep disorder (periodic limb movement) , without it I would wake in the am feeling like I got hit by a bus! Also tired, this relieved it all."

   
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Noelle252 November 22, 2016

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"So the doctor decided to prescribe me this when I had pneumonia. Then moved me up dosage and then told me to stop taking it. I ended up with horrible electric shock symptoms permanent. I tried going back on it and weaning myself off. I have had every test known to man and the doctor finally admitted to it being from the medicine. As I am having these electric shock sensations it makes my muscle super sore and is horrible to live with this. So to keep the pain and shocks down I am 29 years old and am taking 4 Tramadol a day. I wanted to warn people that this is a real problem that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy."

   
1.0

Ch3vyGurl87 November 8, 2016

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"Tizanidine worked well for about a year. Then my body became resistant to it as I required more and more to be able to rest. My Doctor has since changed my meds."

   
8.0

Holmes, John Holmes (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 24, 2016

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"I started to take this medication after telling my doc about all the failing attempts to reduce my upper back pain. I have a scoliosis and the curvature of my spine is to the right of my shoulder blade. I'm also a very busty lady and the extra weight doesn't help. After trying out flexural at a very high dosage I was pretty concerned about the side effects of this medication. To my surprise I feel GREAT! My prescription is 2.0mg and says 1-2 capsules per night time only AS NEEDED. I have been taking only one pill and after a half hour I fall into really deep sleep for about 6-8hrs. The only side effect I noticed is a minor stomach ache the next day after I take it. I would recommend this medication to a friend."

   
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Mashazru (taken for less than 1 month) October 11, 2016

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Zanaflex (tizanidine): "I just had L5-S1 Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery.. 3 weeks after the surgery, I started leaning to the left due to fluid infection surrounding the disc.. My Dr gave me Oxycodone and Tizanidine for the excruciating pain.. Tizanidine / Zanaflex is definitely a 10 when it come to Sciatica and Spasms! Only lasts 3-4 hours, but it works best when combined with pain meds.. Hope y'all find this helpful.."

   
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Joshua Tree (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 5, 2016

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"It doesn't do a thing for me. Valium on a prn basis works MUCH better."

   
1.0

Suegarrid114 (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 27, 2016

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"This medication worked ok I guess but the side effects kept me from driving and sometimes even walking as it seemed my equilibrium was off when I took it. I also felt woozy and just weird. I need a muscle relaxer twice a day (one soon as I wake up bc I'm as stiff as a board and another when I'm going to bed as I'm sore from working all day. I can't take this one during the day."

   
4.0

sopranofan (taken for less than 1 month) September 23, 2016

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"4 mg knocked me out. It was prescribed for shoulder pain which it may help, but the nice side effect is that you SLEEP. I wasn't prepared for the complete incapacitation, so I only take 1/4 of the pill during the day."

   
7.0

KnitWitch (taken for less than 1 month) September 21, 2016

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"Used at bedtime as Last pain Med of the day to relax a very sore and stiff back with pain also shooting down leg(s)..on really bad days it could be used during the day if I'm a 10/10 pain. Helps me sleep also."

   
8.0

Tracy3011 (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 20, 2016

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Zanaflex (tizanidine): "I have been on xanaflex 4mg 3x a day that I take at night ti help me sleep. It helps the muscle spasms in my legs and allows me to sleep. The only problem I have is that it only lasts 4 hours and then I wake up. Works best if you take thr xanaflex, wait 30 minutes and then eat something and the xanaflex will work that much better."

   
6.0

Samson80 September 17, 2016

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"I have Multiple Sclerosis & It didn't help with anything for me...my muscle spasms or my headaches...in fact, it made my head hurt worse! I was prescribed 4mg twice a day...never again!"

   
1.0

MS sucks August 19, 2016

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"I've been on this medicine for about 3 months now and it has been a life saver for me when it comes to getting some sleep. I normally take 2 four mg tabs and I am able to sleep for 3 to 4 hours each new night. Prior to being prescribed this medicine I would get at most 1 to 1 1-2 hours of sleep a night with the help of past n medication. I have several problems were the my back, neck and legs plus fibromyalgia. I can't tell you how happy I am that my rheumatologist prescribed this med for help sleeping at night. I've tried Flexeril and I as so doped up the next day that all I wanted to do was sleep. Count me as one that has had great results and might ask my Dr. If it's possible to take a small dose during the day."

   
7.0

Tranrich (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 10, 2016

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"Dr. ordered 6mg of this for back spasms because flexeril was not doing the job. Had the most bizarre reaction to any medication I ever took. I've had allergic reactions before but this was disturbing. Within 45 minutes of taking the 6mg capsule I could not open my eyes even though I tried. Then I started sweating profusely from every pore in my body. Then I became paralyzed! I tried to lift my arms and couldn't! My breathing became shallow and I started hallucinating! I was finally able to get out of my chair and get into bed after 2 1/2 hours. This was a "one and done" medication for me!"

   
1.0

Marconi August 7, 2016

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"I have nerve damage and muscle spasms from a spinal cord compression. This helped with the muscle spasms but I could only take it at night as it made me so incredibly drowsy. Then, I developed severe night sweats. I spoke to my doc who said it wasn't a reported side effect of this drug and must be something else, so I kept taking it another month, but eventually it became unbearable. I was able to determine it really was the drug by taking nothing else and not taking it a few nights, then giving it another try. Sure enough, the drenching night sweats returned. After definitely demonstrating it was in fact the tizanidine causing the problem, the doc switched me."

   
3.0

DaXChAmJoOr (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 9, 2016

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