Tizanidine HCL Drug Information
Tizanidine hydrochloride (Zanaflex®) is a drug used for the short-term treatment of spasticity in adults. It comes in the form of tablets and capsules, and is typically taken as needed, but no more than three times a day. The effects of each dosage generally last between three and six hours. It is important to note that the capsules are not interchangeable with the tablets, as the body handles them a little differently.
Although most people tolerate the medication well, side effects are possible, such as weakness, fatigue, and dry mouth. To help ensure your safety with tizanidine HCl, be sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any drugs you are currently taking (including vitamins and nonprescription medicines) and any other medical conditions you may have.
In addition, tell your healthcare provider if you have:
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
(For more drug information on tizanidine HCl, click Tizanidine. This article offers an in-depth look at how it works, what it is used for, and why this medication may not be suitable for everyone.)