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What is Tizanidine?

Tizanidine is a muscle relaxant in a category of drugs known as alpha-2 adrenergic agonists. It attaches itself to alpha-2 receptors in the spinal cord and brain, and stimulates them in such a way that motor neurons become inhibited. It does not directly impact the muscles themselves.

Tizanidine comes in tablet and capsule form and is sold under brand names like Zanaflex and Sirdalud. It is available in a variety of dosage levels, as prescribed by a doctor.

Uses for Tizanidine

Tizanidine is used to treat muscle spasms and cramping. Be sure to take this medication exactly as ordered, as timing and quantities taken are very important in getting the best results. Too much of the medication can cause serious health risks, such as liver damage. Stopping the medication suddenly may also cause side effects, such as tremors, anxiety, dizziness and more. Your doctor will monitor and slowly decrease your dosage over time, to avoid these issues.

Possible Side Effects of Tizanidine

Side effects of tizanidine include lightheadedness, fainting, hallucinations, confusion, unusual thoughts and behavior, nausea, low fever, appetite loss, change of color in urine and stools, jaundice, stomach pain and more.

Less severe side effects include sweating, skin rash, muscle weakness, back pain, dry mouth, fever, increased muscle tone or spasms, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, stomach pain, anxiousness, nervousness, and numbness or tingling.

Allergic reaction to tizanidine will present with swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, hives or rash and difficulty breathing. Report all serious side effects to your doctor immediately.

Warnings About Tizanidine

The information listed here regarding tizanidine is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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