How Can Zanaflex Be of Benefit to You?
Zanaflex, also known as Tizanidine or Sirdalud, is used to treat muscle spasms, cramping and tightness. They may be a temporary thing or something more permanent such as multiple sclerosis, spastic diplegia, or chronic back pain. It can also be used as a sleep aid or a seizure inhibitor in some cases. Zanaflex blocks the nerve impulses or pain sensors that are sent to your brain, so it temporarily relieves the pain.
Before you begin taking any prescription, you should disclose your full medical history to your doctor. Tell him or her if you have had an allergic reaction to any other drug, if you have liver or kidney disease, if you have high or low blood pressure, or if you have a history of Long QT syndrome. You should also tell your physician if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as Zanaflex can harm your unborn baby. Use caution and check with your doctor if you are nursing your baby, although it is not known if Zanaflex passes through breast milk or not.
If your doctor does prescribe Zanaflex for you, you should take it exactly as prescribed. Do not alter your dose without your doctor’s knowledge. Taking too much Zanaflex can cause damage to your live. Do not stop taking the Zanaflex without your doctor’s knowledge. Withdrawal symptoms can include dizziness, accelerated heart rate, tremors, anxiety, or an increase in the muscle spasms. You should drink a full glass of water when taking the pill or capsule. You will begin to notice its effects within one to six hours after taking it. You may be asked to take up to three doses a day, with six to eight hours lapsing between each dose. Store the Zanaflex at room temperature and keep it away from moisture and heat.
Zanaflex may cause side effects, with dizziness being the most common. Take the drug for a while before you drive or operate any heavy machinery so you will know how it will effect you. Dizziness occurs most commonly when rising quickly from a sitting or lying position, so raise up slowly.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.