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What is Tizanidine used for?

Tizanidine is an oral medication used to treat muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. It is a short-acting muscle relaxant that temporarily relaxes the muscle tone and treats muscle tightness and cramping. This medicine works by blocking certain nerve signals that are sent from the spine to the brain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Tizanidine?

The dosage of Tizanidine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Tizanidine with a full glass of water.

What if you miss a dose of Tizanidine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Tizanidine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Tizanidine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Tizanidine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Tizanidine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Tizanidine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Tizanidine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Tizanidine can interact with antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and birth control pills.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Tizanidine?

Like other medicines, Tizanidine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tizanidine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Tizanidine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tizanidine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Tizanidine can cause side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, stomach pain, diarrhea, sweating, and skin rash. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Tizanidine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Tizanidine?

Is it possible for me to take Tizanidine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Tizanidine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Tizanidine?
How will Tizanidine work in my body?
How should Tizanidine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Tizanidine drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Tizanidine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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