ZANAFLEX Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (118 Ratings)

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 5  Migraine If I take with food it makes you fall asleep with in 30 min. So you better be in bed. Take on an empty stomach and you have about one hour before you fall asleep This med changed my life. Cured me of daily migraine. I read some of the reviews and I think doctors did not explain the drug well. If you wake up at 3 am. Youíre on too high a dose. I take a benedryl with mine so I donít wake up too early F 48 4 years
8mg 1X D
7/31/2021
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 1  Lower lumbar sprain Made me really tired. I would get up in the middle of the night to use bathroom. Then return to bed and sit down only to wake up and have no memory of making it to the bathroom or of what I just did. Scary to be walking around at night and have no memory of what you just did or how long you did it. M 64 4 days
4mg 3x a d 3X D
7/13/2021
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 3  Back pain I liked it at first, and only take 2 2mg tablets if my pain is severe in my lower back, and always before bedtime. It works great to get you to sleep, but by 3am, I spring awake, like, I am ready to go. In fact, I'm writing this at 330am, after taking this drug and I am so frustrated with the insomnia! If I take more, now, I won't be able to go to work in less than 3 hours, but I also can't sleep and my neck is hurting very badly. I didn't have neck pain when I went to sleep, but now it's severe. After months of taking this drug, this is how it always goes....take med, 1-2 before bedtime, then, wake up in 4-5 hours (extremely awake, can't go back to sleep), and cramped neck and shoulders with pain. My back spasms are minimized, as it says it will, but the side effects are becoming unbearable. F 42 13 months
2 mg 1X D
5/4/2021
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 1  Fibromyalgia Muscle Knots, cramps, Caused muscle cramps, knots and pain. Feel spaced out, disconnected. Severe headache, dizziness, dry sinus and mouth to the point of trouble breathing, ringing on ears,. Medication should not be prescribed or sold. Physicians need to stop giving this when all Fibromyalgia patients need is a very low dose of klonopin each day to stop the painfully tight muscles, twitches, muscle cramps, tinnitus, clenching teeth due to being in pain and to help a Fibro patient sleep better. (1/2 mg clonazapem 1-2x per day depending on weight). F 55 4 days
4 MG 1X D
4/18/2021
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 1  Muscle spasms, help with sleep Insomnia, anxiety, worsening pain in neck and shoulders Doctor prescribed Zanaflex to help with neck spasms and to help me sleep. Took 2 4mg tabs at bedtime. Made me drowsy at first but put my anxiety through the roof and had extreme insomnia. Took for second night and had the same reaction as well as my pain level also increased. Never taking this medication again! M 59 5 days
4mgx2 1X D
4/9/2021
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 5  muscle/joints/nerve pain Taking 2-4 mg every 2nd night for a debilitating muscle, joint and nerve pain from osteoarthritis, herniated discs, and general inflammation from multiple autoimmune conditions. Feeling slightly mentally slower the following day, however, I am getting my life back. It allows me to get restful sleep without waking up from pain and having to reposition multiple times. And in the morning my body feels good, I am able to get up and move like a normal person. Getting sleep and relief from pain allowed me to get back into low impact exercise and more active lifestyle which is medicine in itself. Besides tizanidine (Zanaflex) and ibuprofen, I am not taking anything else at this point. Was offered a spinal epidural, Lyrica, hydroxychloroquine, and also Botox for headaches and cervical dystonia. Tried CBD several times, and it was very helpful, however, each time it made me feel disabled and depressed the following day. F 50 30 days
2-4 mg 1X D
2/9/2021
 1  Shoulder injury I suffered a shoulder injury from dog yanking my arm to hard. Mri inflammation of tendons that attach to scapula. The pain was a 7 then with moving so much it became constant. Ice was the only thing that worked. Dr. Sends Zanaflex for spasms and tylenol #3 for pain. I started with 4 1/2 mg. In about 30 minutes I felt I needed to lie down. I felt like a mummy because I couldn't move. Fell asleep about 2 hours. The Zanaflex gave me confusion,also.I tried to talk to my room mate and wasn't making sense. It was like I was a zombie. I laid down most if the day to be safe. I didn't take another dose. It's been 24 hours and I still feel out if sorts. Do not take tiazidine/Zanaflex. Zanaflex should be prescribed with caution. This drug is mainly used for M.S. muscle spams by blocking signals in the brain. A shoulder injury flexiril would have been better. F 65 1 days
6mg 1X D
1/21/2021
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 1  After spinal fusion surgery Full body jerking. Could not sleep because I kept "jerking" violently about every 10 minutes. I had to put myself in a recliner to avoid hurting myself or possibly damaging the hardware in my back. M 44 3 days
3X D
12/5/2020
 3  Back pain Works wonders on back. Pain so much better. Knocks me out. Only bad thing is extremely vivid dreams every night.(sometimes bad). Wake up exhausted. Might try to stop taking. Just due to the dreams. F 61 4 days
1.5 1X D
9/30/2020
 1  Muscle spasms in leg It worked for my muscle spasms but for several nights and days I started getting nausea. It started mild and now it is very bad, but no vomiting. I had cut back to 1 mg the last 2 nights. Before 9 pm the nausea was getting better. Two hours after taking 9 pm dose the nausea is worse. Worse than last night. I won't take it tomorrow night. F 69 2 weeks
1 to 2 mg 1X D
8/14/2020
 1  At bedtime Awful! I took at night and the next am I couldn't walk, barely see, my Vision was so blurry. It took over 24 hrs to get back to normal. Seriously worst thing I ever took and when I tried to get up and walk the neck pain was so excruciating I thought I was going to die. Dumped it all in the toilet F 56 0 days
4-8mg 1X D
8/3/2020
 1  Hip pain I won't take this drug again. First, it only works for about 4-5 hours. I took it before bed. At first it makes you very tired, but about 5 hrs after falling asleep I woke up and felt very anxious. I could not get back to sleep. Both nights I took this I had the exact same experience of insomnia and anxiety. I also experienced extreme dry mouth and the day after taking this I felt nauseous and depressed. This drug was NOT worth the side effects and I only took TWO doses! Watch out for insomnia, anxiety, dry mouth and nausea. And be aware that this med is very short acting - it lasts only about 4 hrs. F 42 2 days
2 mg 1X D
5/26/2020
 2  Spasticity Extreme tiredness yet unable to sleep well. Vivid nightmare I have ms with disabling spasticity in my legs. I have to use forearm crutches to get around and lately I haven't been getting around much at all. The first 2 days I took the Tizanidine I thought it seems like it's helping a bit. The third day though It didn't seem to help much at all but made me feel so so tired and unmotivated. I don't normally feel unmotivated kind of feel like it put me in a bad mood. It could be in part from the lack of sleep. I did have a nightmare that I was dying and then when I awoke there was a baby crawling on my ceiling. That part wasn't really scary just weird. M 54 3 days
5/2/2020
 1  Muscle spasms Severe, unbearable itching over entire body. Started first with tingling all over. When I stood the room was spinning because I was so dizzy. Doctor took me off flexeril, don't know why, that made me sleepy... would rather sleep than be so itchy! Would not recommend and will never use them again. My spasms can be severe and zanaflex did not help only caused the constant, unmanageable itching and dizziness. Did not sleep at all because of this. F 64 2 days
2mg 1X D
3/6/2020
 2  Severe Back trap neck pain Felt like crap and didnít help at all with pain. Felt like taking a Benadryl for no reason while in pain...also had nausea and did not help sleep. Garbage. M 29 5 days
4mg
10/26/2019
 5  Muscle spasms Great best muscle relaxer 33 6 months
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8/31/2019
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 4  tight back muscles/disc herniation Tiredness, dry mouth, increased nighttime urination Would take again M 33 7 days
4mg 2X D
6/18/2019
 2  Muscle spasms, chronic pain. Dry mouth, vision blurry. 55 100 years
30 MG
5/21/2019
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 1  Muscle spasms in neck and shoulders Severe worsening of neck pain and stiffness, I fell because of drop in blood pressure. Also have pressure headaches now, as if I wasn't miserable enough. How is this better than Soma? The only side effects from Soma are relaxed muscles and mild sedation. But the doctor disagrees.... F 36 3 days
4mg
2/11/2019
 1  Muscle Spasms I tolerate medication very well and do not usually have a lot of side effects. This medication gave me the worst reaction Iíve ever had to anything. I started feeling quite dizzy and then completely lost my vision as I was walking. The next thing I knew I woke up on the hardwood floor with a knot on my head and my dogs next to me. I was alone at the time. What if I had been driving? I hadnít reacted to it like that before, so I had no idea! I hadnít taken it with any other new meds , I had eaten. Thereís no explanation. Iíve never fainted before in my life. I have also taken several other muscle relaxers and not had any problems. Iím going to be very angry if this fall has damaged my recent cervical fusions. I recommend caution with this medication! It sounds like Iím not the only person thatís had serious side effects. Everyone has different experiences, but until you know how it affects you donít drive and be careful. F 54 10 days
10 mg
11/8/2018
  

ZANAFLEX  (TIZANIDINE HYDROCHLORIDE):  This medication is used to treat muscle spasms caused by certain conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury). It works by helping to relax the muscles.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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