Zanaflex is prescribed to treat muscle spasms.
Zanaflex relaxes the tense, rigid muscles caused by spasticity. It is prescribed for people with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and other disorders that produce protracted muscles spasms. The effect of the drug peaks 1 to 2 hours after each dose and is gone within 3 to 6 hours, so it's best to schedule doses for shortly before the daily activities when relief of spasticity is most important.
Zanaflex side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Weakness Or Fatigue;
- Urinary And Other Infections;
- Speech Disorders;
- Sore Throat;
- Slow Heartbeat;
- Runny Nose;
- Low Blood Pressure;
- Frequent Urination;
- Flu-Like Symptoms;
- Dry Mouth;
- Blurred Vision;
- Abnormal Movements;
- Dry mouth;
- Unusual weakness;
If these continue or are bothersome, notify your doctor. To minimize dizziness,
stand up slowly when arising from a sitting or lying position.
Notify your doctor if you develop:
- Stomach pain;
- Yellowing skin or eyes;
Very unlikely but report:
- Black stool;
- Slow or irregular heartbeat;
- Urinary frequency or burning;
- Vision or hearing changes;
A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate
medical attention if it occurs.
Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include:
- Severe dizziness;
- Trouble breathing;
To minimize side effects, the doctor is likely to begin with a dosage of 4 mg, then increase the dose gradually. Doses of 8 mg provide relief for most people. No more than 3 doses should be taken each 24 hours. The maximum dose per day is 36 mg.