Caution medication zanaflex

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   Posted 8/29/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I was prescribed the medication zanaflex and on the bottle is written 2 times daily. I had been never taken it before. I was not told by the Dr. or pharmasits that it can only be taken at night before bed. I did not say on the bottle take before bedtime only. I took one for the first time around 2pm today and was getting ready to go to the store. I got in my car closed the door and fell asleep. It was 90 degrees outside. My husband was out walking and saw me in the car with my head hung down and sweat dripping off my face. He knocked on the window of the car to wake me up. I opened the door to and got air. He asked me if I took anything. I gave him the bottle of the new medication zanaflex. I could not walk straight. My husband told me to go to sleep. I sleep for 3hrs. My husband looked it up on the internet of a FM site that people were warning others about only taking it 15 mins before going to bed, because it makes one fall asleep fast. My past muscle relaxer I was able to take during the day. We were scared that I could have baked in the car. I don't know how long I was in the car for. My head hurts. shakehead
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   Posted 8/30/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow that is scary. That is awful that the script was written wrong and that the pharmacy missed that also. That's scary too. I hope you are feeling better today. A few years ago a pain specialist ordered Zanaflex for me, the lowest dose. I took it at night and within half an hour the room was spinning like crazy. I did sleep but the next day I was still dizzy until almost noon and could barely function! Needless to say I didn't take a second dose of it. I would definitely talk to your dr in the morning and holler at the pharmacy too. Take care. Lisa
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   Posted 8/30/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my!! That is terrible. I am so sorry you had to go through such a life threatening ordeal. I wonder if the script was written correctly. Thank God your husband went out there when he did. shocked

You must be dehydrated. Take easy. You defininetly have a guardian angel. Laura :-)
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   Posted 8/30/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Zanafxlex can me taken more often than just before bedtime. Mine is prescribed for three times per day but I will only do that if in a severe flare. When taken at bedtime, it prevents me from awakening in pain which I love.

If you look at the pharmaceutical information sheet it says take as directed. Obviously it makes you tired so if you take it in the daytime be prepared to nap. Sometimes I can take it if in pain before swimming and it makes it easier to exercise.

Everyone has different reactions to meds. Some people have to take it three times per day so the information you read is incorrect. YOu will be able to tolerate it better in the future. It is the one medication that has truly helped relieve my pain.


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   Posted 8/30/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I got a prescription for zanaflex for my tension headaches, and I was directed to start with taking a half of a 4mg pills, so 2 mgs nightly for several weeks, then work my way up to a full pill. Well even a half a pill makes my heart beat very hard and my mouth very dry and really sleepy. You should ask your prescribing doctor about starting at a lower dose, and maybe just taking it at night for a while til you know how it effects you and if you can tolerate it.


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   Posted 8/30/2009 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Did either the doctor or the pharmacist warn you that this medication could cause drowsiness? I would definately let them both have it. What if you had started driving and then fell asleep?? I am thankful that that didn't happen and that your hubby found you. I hope you are doing all right now. I have heard of zanaflex, but I have never used it, and I don't know that much about it. I really think you need to bring this incident up with your doctor. When I was prescribed lyrica, I was told to only take it at night first, to see how it would affect me. It never made me sleepy, so I was told that it was ok to take it in the morning and evening. But he warned me at the beginning that there was the possibility it could make me drowsy. I am sorry this happened to you. Let us know how things are going.
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   Posted 8/31/2009 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I took Zanaflex, on and off for about two years. Like any muscle relaxer, especially initially, it made me drowsy. When I had to take a dose for pain and tense muscles, I'd hold off till I am home and there are no more errands for me to run. Same with Flexeril, which is a muscle relaxer I now take. The flexeril does help with sleep.

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   Posted 8/31/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
i take zanaflex and have been for a couple of months. i take 2mg, 1 twice a day. i take mine late afternoon and before bedtime. in the beginning i was tol to take 4mg for 1 week then 6mg after that. on 4mg at bedtime i went straight to sleep. on 6mg. i was like jello. i couldnt walk to the bathroom without bumping into things. once i went to the bathromm, came back to bed and laid down and fell asleep on the floor! needless to say i went back and am now taking the lower dosage. it has really helped me with my pain level and ability to fall asleep easily. im sorry to those of you who have had problems with this med., but it can be helpful to others.

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   Posted 8/31/2009 11:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your support. I'm only taking zanaflex at night until I can build up a tolerance.

C bear is funny falling asleep on the floor. Geckogirl I was dizzy too. I was walking into walls and could not talk.

I'm glad my husband saved me from the hot day in the car asleep. I had the worst headache like a hang over. I think I blacked out.

I've taken morphine, roxicet, valium, ambien, and other such pain relievers. Wow this zanaflex is stronger on me then all the other pain relievers I've taken. I was seeing in 3's. With the other med's I could still eat, read, talk, go to the restroom. I will be more cautions with the med's and test them out before I go to sleep.

Gonuts thanks for tellingme I defininetly have a guardian angel.

Take care everyone. Stay out of the heat, sun, be cool....
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   Posted 9/3/2009 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
littlestrebel said...
Thanks everyone for your support. I'm only taking zanaflex at night until I can build up a tolerance.

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