(Tizanidine HCL)

Zanaflex is used to treat muscle spasms and increased muscle tone as symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, or brain injury. Zanaflex is in a class of skeletal muscle relaxants. Zanaflex and its generic tizanidine work by slowing brain and nerve activity to relax the muscles. Zanaflex is available as a 4mg oral tablet. A bottle of 150 tablets cost about $384. Zanaflex is also available as an oral capsule in three strengths. A bottle of 150 2mg capsules cost about $407. A bottle of 150 4mg capsules cost around $514. A bottle of 150 6mg capsules cost about $767. Zanaflex is an expensive medication, but you can save on Zanaflex costs by using the Optum Perks website. Compare prices at local pharmacies, then simply download and print your Zanaflex coupon to use each time you refill your prescription. Zanaflex savings are even easier when you use the Optum Perks website to send coupons directly to your mobile device.

Zanaflex is a skeletal muscle relaxant that slows brain and nerve activity; this helps to relax the muscles. The drug is used to treat muscle spasms and high muscle tone that are associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), brain injury and stroke. 

Zanaflex capsules are taken orally once per day. Your doctor will give you specific instructions as to if the capsules should be taken with or without food.

Zanaflex capsules are swallowed whole or opened and sprinkled onto soft food. The effects of the two ways of taking the medication will be different. Talk to your doctor for instructions on your specific condition.

Zanaflex capsules and tablets work differently from each other and cannot be substituted one for the other.

Your doctor will generally start you on a lower dose of Zanaflex and gradually increase it.

Tell your doctor about all of your allergies and about all other prescription and non-prescription medications, supplements, and vitamins that you are taking. Be sure to mention if you are taking acyclovir, amiodarone, baclofen, cimetidine, clonidine, dantrolene, diazepam, famotidine, medications for anxiety, seizures, or high blood pressure, mexiletine, oral contraceptives, propafenone, fluoroquinolones, ticlopidine, sedatives or sleeping pills, verapamil or zileuton.

Tell your doctor if you are taking ciprofloxacin, he or she will probably tell you not to take Zanaflex.

This medication may cause drowsiness. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how Zanaflex affects you. Consuming alcohol worsens effects of drowsiness.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Side effects may include: drowsiness, depression, dizziness, nervousness, tingling in the hands or feet , nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, heartburn, rash, sweating, back pain, constipation or diarrhea.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience: extreme tiredness, unusual bruising or bleeding, loss of appetite, symptoms of liver problems, slow heartbeat, changes in vision.

This may not be a complete list of side effects and warnings. Please talk to your doctor for more information. 

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