Zanaflex: A Medication That Treats Multiple Sclerosis

Zanaflex is a fastacting drug, meaning that it remains in the body for only a few hours. Zanaflex should therefore only be taken when necessary during the day.

Zanaflex is mostly used as a treatment to ease the pain that is associated with certain conditions. These conditions include multiple sclerosis, back pain, injuries to the spine, and a form of cerebral palsy known as spastic diplegia.

Zanaflex may also be used in the treatment of headaches and insomnia.

How Zanaflex Works

Zanaflex belongs to a group of drugs called alpha-2 adrenergic agonists. These block the action of the alpha-2 receptors in the central nervous system, leading to a reduction in the strength of the signals that are sent to the spinal cord and therefore to the brain.

This will relieve the muscle of some of the tension as well as reduce muscular contraction.

Zanaflex also allows for increased mobility for those who are undergoing rehabilitation by reducing the stiffness of the muscles. It acts on the spine and not directly on the muscles.

Zanaflex Dosage: You should use Zanaflex as prescribed by the doctor. You should also not exceed thirtysix milligrams of Zanaflex in any twenty four hour period.

You should speak to your doctor before he prescribes Zanaflex for you if you suffer from any liver condition such as liver cirrhosis, hepatitis or liver failure. You should also inform your doctor if you suffer from a condition known as QT syndrome, if you are allergic to any ingredient in the medication, if you have any kidney problems, if you have a condition known as hypotension (low blood pressure) or if you suffer from a slow heart rate, a condition known as bradycardia.

Before you start to use Zanaflex inform your healthcare professional of any drugs that you may be taking, because they may interact with Zanaflex.

You should also not take Zanaflex if you partake in any activity that will require muscle tone. Zanaflex comes in capsule and tablet forms.

You should not change the kind of Zanaflex that you are using unless it is following your doctor’s advice. Each of these have different therapeutic effects.

The effect of Zanaflex on an unborn fetus is unknown, and you should consult with your doctor if you are pregnant.

There is no documentation to show that Zanaflex passes through breast milk, but you should speak to your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

Side Effects Of Zanaflex: Side effects that may result from the use of Zanaflex include itching, rashes, hives, unexplainable swelling, or difficulty breathing. These are an indication that you are allergic to an ingredient in the drug.

Some common side effects of taking Zanaflex may include:

  • a feeling of drowsiness or dizziness (you should get up slowly from a lying position to prevent getting dizzy)
  • hypotension,
  • bradycardia,
  • a dry mouth,
  • muscle weakness,
  • back pain,
  • diarrhea,
  • stomach aches,
  • increased muscle spasms,
  • and/or sweating.

If these side effects persist, then you should inform your doctor.

Some serious side effects of taking Zanaflex may include

  • hallucinations,
  • heart arrhythmia (an irregular rhythm of the heart)
  • a change in behavior or some confusion,
  • symptoms of decreased liver function such as a dark colored urine,
  • yellowing of the skin (a condition known as jaundice),
  • feeling light headed and/or pain during urination.