Delivery Time: ~7 days
Delivery Time: ~7 days
What is Zanaflex?
Zanaflex is an alpha2-adrenergic that works as a short-acting skeletal muscle relaxant. This drug was approved by the FDA in November 1996. Its effectiveness lies in its ability to treat muscle spasms that were caused by some medical conditions. It affects the alpha2 receptors in the central nervous system and prevents the nerve impulses from getting to the muscles. It also prevents the nerve impulses from reaching the brain.
What are the indications for using Zanaflex?
Zanaflex can be prescribed to people with spinal cord injuries, back pain, multiple sclerosis, spastic diplegia, and ALS. This drug is also given to individuals suffering from an injury to the central nervous system or to the spine, especially if they are experiencing cramping, spasms, or a tightening of the muscles. It can also be given as a sleeping aid, an anticonvulsant, and as a treatment for migraine headaches. Zanaflex can even treat some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
What is the dosage for Zanaflex?
Zanaflex is an oral drug that is supplied as 2mg and 4mg tablets and in the form of 2, 4, and 6mg gel caps. 2mg is a standard starting dose for Zanaflex. A second dosage of the drug can be administered after 6-8 hours. There should be no more than three dosages a day. If the 2mg of Zanaflex proves ineffective, the dosage should be increased by 2-4mg for each dose. A dosage increase should not occur more often than 1-4 days.
What are the contraindications for using Zanaflex?
Zanaflex is contraindicated for use by individuals who are allergic to it or to similar drugs. It may also be unsafe for those suffering from kidney or liver disease, hypertension or hypotension, or those with a history of “Long QT syndrome”. Zanaflex should not be taken by pregnant women as it can hurt the unborn child. Also, this drug should not be taken with the antidepressant fluvoxamine or the antibiotic ciprofloxacin.
What are the adverse effects of Zanaflex?
Just like all the other drugs on the market, Zanaflex has some possible side effects. The most common of these are a fever, nervousness, chills, chest pain, pain while urinating, vomiting, and exceptional lack of energy. Some of the less common but possible side effects include irregular heart rhythms, kidney stones, blurred vision, itching skin, and symptoms similar to those of the flu. Zanaflex has also been known to cause a shortness of breath, visions, weight gain, and tenderness in the right upper stomach.