Tizanidine - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Tizanidine is used to relieve muscle spasm which occurs in conditions such as multiple sclerosis (scars or lesions in the brain and spinal cord) or spinal injury.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Tizanidine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Tizanidine with or without food. You may open the capsule and sprinkle the contents on food for easier consumption.Try to take it at the same time each day.

Continue taking Tizanidine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not take Tizanidine together with certain antibiotics (e.g.ciprofloxacin) or medicines for mood disorder (e.g. fluvoxamine). Please see the section “Can I take this with other medicines?” below for more information.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have liver and kidney disease.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. He may also need to do routine blood tests (e.g. liver function tests) while you are being treated with this medicine.
What side effects could I experience?
Tizanidine may cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. You may not feel drowsy before you fall asleep. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, tiredness, difficulty in sleeping, and muscle weakness.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- fainting
- slow heart beat
- confusion
-seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Do not take Tizanidine together with certain antibiotics (e.g.ciprofloxacin) or medicines for mood disorder (e.g. fluvoxamine).

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicine for high blood pressure e.g. clonidine
- medicines for heart disease e.g. digoxin, amiodarone,
- ticlopidine (blood thinning medicine)
- cimetidine (medicines to treat stomach ulcers)
- antibiotics e.g. norfloxacin, rifampicin, azithromycin
- baclofen (muscle relaxant)
- amitriptyline (medicine for mood disorder)

This list does not include all medicine that may interact with Tizanidine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
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