Zanaflex? (muscle relaxant)

  1. Anyone know anything about this drug...Zanaflex, muscle relaxant.

    Went to doctor today for back pain. He did an adjustment (he's an osteopath)...first time I ever had that done and gave me some samples of Vioxx and Zanaflex. He says I'll feel much better by tomorrow, having been adjusted. Hmmm, no experience with that so I'm hoping he's right.

    I got three different instructions on taking the Zanaflex, however. Initially he told me...take 1/2 tablet before bed. The person who gave me the samples (nurse? tech? MA? no tag, who knows!) told me take one OR two tablets before bed. They are 2 mg tablets. My med book tells me take 4 milligrams (2 tabs).

    When he told me take 1/2 tab, I told him I'm pretty resistant to medications (Flexeril = tic tac) and he said "so take a whole one."

    Anyone have any experience with this drug? I'm thinking I'm going take one but I'm not averse to taking two if that's what it takes to make it work.
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  3. by   KC CHICK
    Have seen pts on it for fibromyalgia symptoms. So far, that's my only experience w/it.

  4. by   nursedawn67
    My hubby is on them his instructions are Zanaflex 4mg 1tab Q8-12 hours.
  5. by   mintyRN
    Ohhhh zanaflex! I was on it after my back surgery. Talk about spaced out! Now I am a total wimp when it comes to meds though. I was on 4mg tid. I had killer spasms and it helped tremendously. It gave me wild dreams and hallucinations, (spiders and turtles climbing the walls) but the side effects did subside after about a week. They do make you very drowsy, so if your going to take 4mg be close to the couch or bed! I hope your pain gets better.
  6. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Was on it for bad back spasms.
    4 mg q 8 hr - really worked great for the spasms, but it makes me loopy as hell and then sleepy! And gives me a really dry, cotton-ball-stuffed mouth.

    But as I said, really helped while I needed it. Just "Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this drug."
  7. by   Zee_RN
    I took 4 mg last night at about 9PM. Fell asleep about 10:30 p.m. Since I slept through most of it, I don't know if it helped or not, lol. I woke up around 4:00 a.m. and then I was up for the rest of the night (morning). Other than a dry mouth, didn't notice too much of an after-effect. Since I had to work today, I didn't try it during daylight hours. Took some Vioxx that he gave me, though.

    I'll take the Zanaflex again tonight. Didn't hit me too hard yesterday, considering it took an hour-and-a-half before I fell asleep and then woke up a few hours later. I guess it helped though...I wasn't having spasms when I woke up.

    Thanks for the words of wisdom! Seems like 4 mg is the dose.