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Tizanidine Overview

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Overview

(tye ZAN i deen)

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] U.S. Brand Names

Zanaflex Capsules™; Zanaflex®

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Tizanidine®; Gen-Tizanidine; Mylan-Tizanidine; Zanaflex®

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Mexican Brand Names


[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Pharmacologic Category

Alpha2-Adrenergic Agonist

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to tizanidine or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] How does it work?

• Tizanidine works through the brain to relieve pain.

• It decreases the body's release of adrenaline and other hormones that increase blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food, but be consistent. Always take with food or always take on an empty stomach.

• You may sprinkle contents of capsule on applesauce. Do not chew.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work (liver function). Talk with healthcare provider.

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 16:02:19.0

Modified: 2010-03-22 11:07:39.0

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