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User Reviews for Tizanidine

Also known as: Zanaflex

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Tizanidine Rating Summary

6.8/10 Average Rating

217 Ratings with 186 User Reviews

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Reviews for Tizanidine to treat Muscle Spasm

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Zanaflex (tizanidine): "I am a retired nurse and was in a near fatal MVA several years ago putting an end to my career of nursing. I broke many bones and had to have some bones pieced together with screws and steel plates. My overall health is good but mobility issues were a problem as I had gained a lot of weight because of my activity level was severely decreased. I became severely depressed, couldn't sleep because the pain was so severe and only worsened as time went by. I couldn't use my hands at times because the spasms would be so bad that I at times was dropping items of whatever I was holding in my hands. My legs cramped so bad at night that it was almost impossible to get adequate sleep, My doctor started me then on Zanaflex. It has helped tremendously ."

Old Grandma (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 15, 2017

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"This drug helps with restless leg syndrome and muscle pains. I like how it works but there are two side effects I don't like, but have learned to live with: dry mouth and dizziness."

   
8.0

zfrost (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 10, 2017

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Zanaflex (tizanidine): "This medication helps me tremendously with muscle spasms."

   
10

Mama Dawn (taken for 5 to 10 years) October 8, 2017

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"This drug causes quick unconsciousness, so you have to be prepared. You are either unconscious, or your spasm is back. Very difficult to get the dose right. I'm 68. Should not have been given this drug! I just want a simple, dependable, muscle relaxant, not one that can only be used near a bed. Why do patients have do to research on their own?"

   
2.0

Belle106 (taken for less than 1 month) October 7, 2017

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"Really don't help any pain from my fibromyalgia for me but do put me to sleep. If I'm sleeping then I'm not hurting I guess."

   
4.0

Jules10280526 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 4, 2017

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"This was prescribed for spasms but I found it also lowers my bp. My bp and heart rate has been crazy over 5 yrs. At times my bp too low & heart rate too high. Top too low, bottom high. A lot of the beta blocker & channel blockers would drop my bp too low too fast. I couldn't be on any of them regular cuz of this so I just use tiz. To lower my pressure & at night to sleep at times but seems give me nightmares & depression. Also my mom takes it at night & it lowers her bp & knocks her out. She doesn't move all night. "

   
2.0

Anniebell (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 29, 2017

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"I've have a bad back for over 40 years. Had low back injury with sciatic pain and muscle spasm. This was a good medication that relieved my spasms."

   
9.0

Ozarklady August 23, 2017

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"Prescribed for sleep, however, I'm also prescribed heavy duty pain meds. I take dilaudid 8 mg, 8 mg of this at night but have also tried only 4 mg with same HORRIFIC side effects. Severe spasms of my lower body which caused my legs to give out and I couldn't walk at all. When I tried my body would jerk in a way that would force me to fall to the ground. It was quite terrifying. Also caused severe headache,vision loss, ringing in ears. Horrible experience."

   
1.0

Kendrar (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 18, 2017

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"I have been having odd neck and shoulder problems for a while. My doctor seems clueless as to what the issue actually is. About a week ago I woke up them a lot worse than usual and it felt as if my shoulders had fallen asleep. Called the doctor saying this can't be normal. Went to see that doctor. Who looked stuff up on some badly done metric. Only took two of the tablets. Feeling strange - and not at all myself. This is a very common effect of this stuff. Who ever approved and suggested turning off a bunch of random switches needs their heads examined. And this stuff needs to be taken off the market as mostly junk. Just junk. For me it feels toxic and weird and not at all myself. That is not ok."

   
1.0

Poe99 (taken for less than 1 month) August 3, 2017

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Zanaflex (tizanidine): "I have been taking Tizanadine for 10 yrs. for severe muscle spasticity in neck and back due to RSD/CRPS, plus spinal stenosis, bulging discs, and previous car accident neck and spine injuries. Dose: 4 mg, 3 daily, usually 4 mg in the morning and 8 mg at night. I have found it very helpful. At first, it was very sedating, but not after a year or so. It does help me sleep. Works best with the help of pain meds and Baclofen cream. I had a serious drug interaction with SSRI antidepressants (particularly Luvox): actually passed out in my soup at a restaurant the first time I took them together. Hope this helps."

PastorCindy (taken for 10 years or more) July 27, 2017

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"Severe insomnia due to muscle spasm. Fibromyalgia since 2001. Began Tizanidine June 2004. Also, 3 bulging discs from negligent car wreck ( driver ran stop sign) since Jan 2015. Somnolence, Dry mouth most common. I've always noticed visual disturbances ( enhanced colors and patterns of whatever I'm viewing before falling asleep after taking tizanidine). Experienced noticing " monkeys and grapevines in ceiling while watching Tarzan like movie when began drug in 2004. I still can see the enhanced color and pattern of tile or carpet as I walk from bathroom to bedroom shortly before falling asleep. I'm an optometrist with history of excellent ocular health. May 2017 retinal photos revealed " Bear-Track" like pigment patterns:both eyes. 12mg hs."

   
8.0

eyedrdi (taken for 10 years or more) July 3, 2017

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"I have taken 2 and still have spasm in hip not sleeping what else can I do"

   
2.0

Lil247 July 2, 2017

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"These things knocked me out I want help with muscle spasms but not to the point of being unconscious"

   
5.0

Me160 June 26, 2017

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Zanaflex (tizanidine): "Strained my rotator cuff, MD acute care practice prescribed 4mg. I asked both doctor and pharmacist if it was okay to take with Allegra D. Both said yes. Luckily I was safe at home. It was scary how sedated I was. I had set an alarm for an appointment 2hours after taking mess. I got out of bed and could hardly make it to the restroom. Needless to say I cancelled the appointment. Next time I took the Medicines separately and broke the 4 mg table into 1mg. I'm no lightweight but this was too strong for me."

   
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GgGi June 18, 2017

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"PCP gave me script for 2mg to be taken 1 tab at bedtime for my lower back pain. Since I took it just as I was getting into bed, I noticed nothing about it making me sleepy. I have no problem falling asleep anyhow. There was no noticeable change to my lower back pain. The only noticeable side effect was the "relaxing" of my abdominal muscles so that I now look like I have total abdominal distension...a big belly...my waist has gone from about 32" to 36" and I cannot suck it in. I have been off the drug now for 7 days (I only took it for 7 days) and my abdominal distension is still there. Will it ever go back to normal?"

19jaugar65 June 9, 2017

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"Someone mentioned that the zanaflex made her whole body relaxed, not just take away her spasms, but the medication is a muscle relaxer and has more than one usage, like, I use it to sleep because if I use it as a muscle relaxer, even a little bite would knock me out during the daytime."

Linda44777 (taken for less than 1 month) June 8, 2017

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"This is a great medicine for muscle spasm and neck/head pain. I tried flexoril but that made my knees feel wobbly but did not make me feel sleepy like the tizanadine, which I need because I have serious sleep disturbances. The tizanadine also is good for overall aches and pain for me. I take 2 mg at dinner then 6 mg at bedtime. If I wake up in the night I take another 4 mg. This is a high dosage but my doctor allows me 12 mg daily. I am thankful for this medication."

   
9.0

Dollie G. June 4, 2017

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"My blood pressure went up to 200/110 when I took this medicine."

   
1.0

mehdi T (taken for less than 1 month) May 29, 2017

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"I have had chronic pain and muscle soreness and tightness for about 13 years. Recently my pain management doctor left his practice but I had 2 refills on my Tizanidine and could no longer get my Hydro :( so I got Tiz refilled. (Previously I had only taken the Tiz at night once in while.) The first time I took it was Sunday during the day and it was fine, it just made me feel a bit relaxed. I also took one Sunday night before bed and slept like a rock. But it seems that this med really adversely affects me the next day. On Monday at work I suddenly started feeling extremely tired and out of it around Noon. (I didn't even take it on Monday.) Then Monday evening I began to get very nauseous and sweaty. Very strange drug. I also got headaches from it"

   
2.0

LauraMazz (taken for less than 1 month) May 10, 2017

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"Cause me to have nightmares really badly!!"

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) May 5, 2017

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"I'm an insomniac and this medicine knocked me out cold in the middle of the day. I probably had the deepest REM sleep of my life. However I'm only giving it one star because my muscles were screaming in pain as much at the time as I took it, as when I woke up four hours later."

   
1.0

Summer14476586 (taken for less than 1 month) April 30, 2017

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"I am having a allergic reaction to this drug and nobody will listen to me. I'm losing my hair. My throat burns, I have blisters on my tongue. It burns when I go #2. I feel like I'm dying!!!!!!!! Why won't anybody help me. I received a shot in my back in Dec. 2016 and I'm still in agony. I had one [1] shot in the Drs. office. I am also on gabapentin [800] mil. tablets. Hydrocodone [10-325 tb tablets. cyclocenzaprine [10 mil tablets.and over the counter allergy medicine to try to stop the reaction. and pepto-bismol to stop chronic diarrhea. If you can help me PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP."

   
1.0

lil-mutt April 26, 2017

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"I just recently started this medication. It seems to make my body hurt when I've taken it. Almost like it relaxes my whole body instead of just the muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders. Kind of strange.."

   
7.0

Grma68 April 25, 2017

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"At first when I took Tizanidine at night and then in the morning, I had to leave work and go back to sleep. I was so tired and couldn't do anything. After that I only took it at night which was helpful. I discovered I needed to take it just before I went to bed. It makes me drowsy and unable to walk. I even fell out of the bed and hit my head while I was trying to sit up. The good thing is it did stop the muscle spasms. I would recommend it but would warn about the side effects that could happen."

   
3.0

Toni Tiger (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 20, 2017

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"My pain doctor just gave me this because flexeril 10mg three times a day was not working for me. My muscles were just in knots constantly. I can take ativan 2mg hydrocodone 10mg and that all at once and work just fine. But this just knocked me out. I had a really hard time staying awake. So I'm just gonna take half while at work. But this medicine works amazing for me. No bad side effects thus far other than in making me super drowsy. I highly suggest this medicine if you suffer from fibromyalgia or sever muscle spasm like me."

   
9.0

Taking for fibromyalgia (taken for less than 1 month) April 19, 2017

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