Zanaflex
DESCRIPTION

This medication is used to treat muscle spasms that are caused due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

How it works

This medication works by relaxing the muscles in the body. In turn relieves the pain in the muscles and body.

Uses

The medication is mainly used to treat muscle spasms that occur due to various disorders such as multiple sclerosis and certain spinal injuries.

Dosage

This medication is generally taken once in every 6-8 hours, by mouth. The dosage will be based on your medical condition and treatment response. The dosage and dose schedule must only be determined by your physician. You must not take more than 36mg of Zanaflex within a day.

The way your body absorbs this medication will depending on whether you are consuming the medication in tablet or capsule form. It can also depend on whether you consume it with food or without food. Therefore, depending on your dose, make sure to discuss how to consume this medication with your physician.

Keep in mind that this medication can cause withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, tremors and increased blood pressure. You are more likely to experience these symptoms if you have been using this medication for a long period of time. Therefore, you must not stop using this medication abruptly. In order to avoid withdrawal reactions, your physician might prescribe you to lower the doses in small quantities. In this case, make sure to the prescription provided by your physician.

You must not consume this medication more than necessary since it can increase the risk of side effects. You need to make sure that you always adhere to the instructions provided by your healthcare provider. Taking the medication for longer than necessary can lead to an overdose as well.

Side effects

The following are some common side effects of Zanaflex that you need to look out for.

Dry mouth
Drowsiness
Dizziness
Lightheadedness
Constipation
Weakness
Tiredness

You need not worry as these side effects only stay for a day or two. However, if they continue to persist, inform your physician immediately.

It is also possible for you to experience certain serious side effects such as:

Fainting
Mood changes
Irregular heartbeat
Vision changes

This medication can sometimes also result in liver problems. Common symptoms of liver problems include:

Persistent vomiting
Severe stomach pain
Dark urine
Jaundice

Moreover, you might experience certain allergic reactions to this drug as well. If you experience any of these conditions, get immediate medical help.

Precautions

It is highly important for you to adhere to the following instructions during the course of the treatment.

Drink plenty of water, chew gum or use saliva substitutes to avoid dry mouth.
When getting up from a sitting or sleeping position, rise slowly to avoid dizziness.
If you have suffered from low blood pressure or liver disease, make sure to inform your physician beforehand.
This drug can make you dizzy and drowsy. Therefore, do not engage in tasks that require alertness.

Self-care

During the period of pregnancy, you must only use Zanaflex when it is absolutely necessary.

It is not known whether this drug can be passed onto infants via breast milk. Therefore, discuss this matter with your physician first.

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