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How To Use Zanaflex. Side effects of Zanaflex

April 14th, 2009 — 10:39am

Uses of Zanaflex:

Muscle spasms are treated with Zanaflex. Your doctor may prescribe generic Zanaflex for other conditions. Zanaflex is known as a skeletal muscle relaxant. It is effective because it blocks nerves that are used to stimulate muscles into contraction.

Zanaflex should NOT be used if a person is allergic to any ingredient in Zanaflex or if he/she is taking ciprofloxacin or fluvoxamine.

You should get in touch with your health care provider or physician immediately if these circumstances pertain to you.

Before you use generic Zanaflex, you should know that there are some medical conditions that may have interactions with Zanaflex.

Let your doctor or pharmacist know if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following pertain to you:

- if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or are breast-feeding;
- if you are taking prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal products, or dietary supplements;
- if you are allergic to medicines, foods, or other things;
- if you suffer from liver, kidney or prostate difficulties.

Some medications may cause an INTERACTION with Zanaflex. When a person is taking other medicines, he/she should tell his/her health care provider, as medicines like cimetidine, famotidine, fluvoxamine, hormonal contraceptives, Acyclovir, antiarrhythmics, quinolone antibiotics, ticlopidine, verapamil, or zileuton may enhance the side effects of Zanaflex.

There could be additional interactions. Check with your physician about Zanaflex interacting with other medicines you are taking. Before you start, stop or alter the dose of any drug, you should consult with your health care provider.

How to use Zanaflex:

Use Zanaflex exactly as your doctor has prescribed it. While using Zanaflex, a person should see the label on the medicine for correct dosing instructions.

Use Zanaflex orally.

Your body may absorb and use Zanaflex differently depending upon what you have eaten. A person has to consult the doctor to know about the proper method of taking the dose, particularly when there is a change in the dose or a different dose form of Zanaflex is prescribed.

It is a bad idea to quit Zanaflex suddenly. If you have to quit using Zanaflex, your doctor will slowly decrease your dose to avoid problems with withdrawal, such as elevated blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, shakiness, nervousness, and tense muscles.

Take a missed dose of Zanaflex as soon as you remember. But if it is nearly time to take the next one, the missed dose should not be taken and the regular dosing schedule should be followed. Two doses should not be taken at the same time.

A person should ask his/her doctor as to how to use Zanaflex.

Important Safety Information:

Zanaflex might cause lightheadedness, or fainting, drowsiness, or dizziness. The side effects of Zanaflex may worsen if taken with certain other medicines or alcohol. Zanaflex should be used with caution. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you have had a chance to see how you will respond to Zanaflex.

Medications that cause drowsiness as well as alcohol may increase the effects of Zanaflex.  For this reason, they should be avoided while taking Zanaflex. A person can find out Continue reading »

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