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Tizanidine (zanaflex)

Jan 09, 2015 8:47 PM

I was using flexeril ... alot. Constant neck and back spasms...but they really never let up as far as grogginess and severely affected my attitude (which seems genetic - father). New doc has me on zanaflex, today being day 3. Curious if anyone else has tried this med...pleased/concerned? Doesn't seem to affect my attitude (flexeril used to make me unreasonably irritable - can't use when around my family) although the grogginess is there with some strong balance issues. Thanks.

Jan 10, 2015 12:15 AM

I've used zanaflex on and off for 2 years. I had tried 2 or 3 other muscle relaxers prior and they either didn't help or made me conk out completely. I like zanaflex. I started on 2 mg. and am on 6 mg now. My muscle spasms and pain has gotten worse and the 2 mg or 4 mg wasn't cutting it. With the 6 mg, it does make me sleepy and if I am home I just go with it and nap. If I'm out and about and need to stay alert, walk etc...I'll have a good dose of caffeine and then I can handle it. I hope it works well for you with minimal side effects. L

Jan 10, 2015 2:12 AM

I've been on both for a while the zanaflex helps sleep a lot where as the flexeril helps my pain better

Jan 10, 2015 9:09 AM

Great info, thanks guys...my doc started me at 4mg.

Jan 10, 2015 10:00 AM

I tried it and it didn't help me, but it did make me pretty tired - I second the suggestion of taking it with a little coffee. Hope it helps!

Jan 10, 2015 2:42 PM

My doc had me on diazepam but my spasms in my thoracic/lumbar junction would last at times for days, excruciating! I now on Tizanidine 4mg twice a day and am happy to report they have stopped 80-90% of the spasms. My back still gets tight and rigid but the spasms you could see with the naked eye that had me crawling the walls have stopped... Knock on wood

Jan 10, 2015 4:36 PM

I have taken it awhile but I have to take it at night because it causes me to sleep all day. It does help.

Jan 10, 2015 10:31 PM

I've been in Zanaflex for several years. Out of all the meds I take, that one makes me totally stupid and there is no change in effect after time. It knocks me on my ass.. Pain management doc says the same thing.. Good luck!!!

Jan 10, 2015 10:42 PM

I get really loopy on it.

Jan 11, 2015 5:39 AM

I have noticed an increase in my balance issues...bumping into door frames, etc.

Jan 17, 2015 5:36 AM

I've just been on Tizanidine for 3 days now, and I feel no effects from it at all. I could be taking aspirin and get the same results! Does it take time to build up in your system? I only take 1 4mg at bedtime, along with 1 Gabapentin, so Gabapentin could be masking the effects. Any thoughts or knowledge on that?

Jan 17, 2015 5:03 PM

I've been on tizinatadine for several years. I used to be able to take them with no effects but I take ONE 4mg pill and I'm on my face. I can't talk without slurring my words or walking like I'm on a floor tha keeps moving around. I also can't stay awake long after I take it either. Perhaps, you are on a dose too low for you. I hope you're able to eiiminate this pill from yout list of meds. And that they can put you on something that will help you, instead of keeping you on something that doesn't help you at all. Good luck... I'm here If you need me.

Jan 17, 2015 8:59 PM

It takes 6mg of zanaflex to take care of the pain and muscle spasm. It does get me sleepy though but I take it when nothing else has helped and I'd rather sleep than be in pain. Fortunatetfor me, I don't get any other side effects. I have tried flexed il and that got me too sleepy and soma did nothing. It looks like diff. meds and diff. doses work for diff. people. Good thing there are a .ot of meds to try and hopefully one finds the right one quick. Good luck!

Jan 17, 2015 9:15 PM

Thanks, I really appreciate it. I have to say, you're absolutely correct about the differences of how (or if) a certain me will work or not. I'd rather sleep through my pain as well, however, if the medicine does not work, then, of course, there is no reason to keep putting it into your body. I had to ask my Pain Management Doctor to check into some addition of a medicine to help with something

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