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Safety and Dosing Information on Tizanidine

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind when taking this medicine include the following:
 
  • Tizanidine comes in tablet and capsule forms. It is usually taken as needed, up to three times daily.
     
  • The effects of a dose of this medication peak about one to two hours after taking it, and it will usually stop working within three to six hours. Keep this in mind when timing your doses.
     
  • Taking the capsules with food decreases the peak level of medication in the bloodstream, but the opposite is true with the tablets (food increases the peak level of medication). It is important to take tizanidine consistently in the same way -- either with or without food.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking it suddenly, especially if you have been taking it for quite a while.
     

Tizanidine Dosing Information

The dose of tizanidine your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • How you respond to this medication
  • The severity of your condition
  • Other medications you take
  • Any other medical conditions you may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
(Click Tizanidine Dosage for more information.)
 

Drug Interactions

Tizanidine can potentially interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Tizanidine).
 
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