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Sirdalud - 2mg  

Tizanidine HCl

Sirdalud 2 mg

Important Information about Tizanidine
Any activity requiring concentration such as driving should be approached with a lot of caution after having taken the medication, since it can cause dizziness or drowsiness.
This kind of dizziness gets aggravated when in a lying down or seated position. Therefore it is in your best interest to rise ever slowly which will minimize drowsiness, which will also ensure that you do not end up falling.
Items to be used very cautiously, perhaps even avoided while on this medication include alcohol, muscle relaxants, or any other sleep / pain / anxiety relief medications.
If at all you really have to take these medications, you must do so only after discussing with your doctor at length.

Understanding Tizanidine
Tizanidine relaxes muscles, doing so by blocking those sensations of pain or nerve impulses which are sent to the brain to give a sense of pain.
When it comes to spasticity, Tizanidine can be especially very useful for muscle tone.
Bear in mind that Tizanidine can in fact be used for a variety of purposes beyond those listed here as well.

Those who should avoid Tizanidine
There are many folks who should actively avoid Tizanidine; they include those:

  • With liver or kidney disease
  • Who have low blood pressure, or perhaps taking medication for high blood pressure
  • Are on birth control pills

Even if folks with the above conditions can in fact take Tizanidine in some cases, that will only be true after the doctor has examined thoroughly.
The FDA classifies Tizanidine as a Class C drug which means pregnant or nursing women may or may not pass on any harm to the unborn / breastfed child. In any case, if these situations apply, it is strongly recommended that concerned individuals consult with the doctor first.

Taking Tizanidine
Tizanidine is to be taken strictly as per the doctor’s advice. In case of any question or clarification regarding these instructions, it is always best to double check with medical staff.
Each dose is to be taken with a full glass of water.

Typical dosage is in fact numerous times a day; exact dosage will be specifically told to you by the doctor.
In 24 hours, you should take a maximum of 3 doses or 36 mg of the drug. Do not take more than this since that can lead to harm being done to your liver.
Storage of Tizanidine requires keeping it at room temperature away from direct heat or moisture.

Missing a Dose
In case you miss your regular dose, take it as soon as you remember to do so. At the same time, if the next dose is already due, skip the dose you missed and take the one which is due; do not overdose / double dose under any circumstances.

Overdose
In case you overdose, seek medical intervention really fast. There are no particular symptoms of overdose as such but they may include abnormal breathing as well as unconsciousness.

Precautions
There are certain precautions to be followed while taking Tizanidine which include:

  • Avoid driving or any other activity which requires significant concentration levels, since the medication is known to impair concentration and lead to drowsiness or dizziness.
  • Since dizziness happens most frequently in case of a sitting or lying position, rise slowly from the same so that you do not end up falling.
  • Items like alcohol, anxiety and sleep medication, as well as other muscle relaxants end up aggravating sensations of drowsiness or sleepiness. Therefore, if you are taking Tizanidine already, you should ideally avoid these items; at least do not take them till your doctor advises you on the same, if at all you can take them in limited quantity.

Side Effects
There are numerous side effects of Tizanidine which could be as follows:

  • Abnormal behavior including hallucinations
  • Damage to the liver which may be showcased in the form of immense fatigue, yellow skin or eyes, abnormal bleeding, etc.
  • Allergies such as hives, swelling in the face especially the lips or the tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing

There could be other side effects as well such as feeling weak, sweating, a dry mouth, and so on.
Besides, there could be side effects not even listed here. Therefore if you feel anything way out of the norm, it is strongly advised that you seek medical intervention as quickly as you can.

Interaction with other Drugs
Tizanidine can end up interacting with various other drugs in different ways.
For instance, when it comes to other pain relievers and antidepressants, the combined impact could mean immense drowsiness and sedation.
Then when it comes to contraceptive pills, they can only end up aggravating the side effects / symptoms, typically associated with taking Tizanidine alone.
There is a possibility of Tizanidine ending up lowering blood pressure. Therefore, your doctor must know if you are taking medication for BP or any heart condition that you may have.
There could be other drug interactions as well, which is why it is best that you talk to your doctor about all medications that you might be taking.

Additional Information
Your pharmacist would be very well equipped to provide you with any additional information about Tizanidine that you may seek.

Details

Understanding Tizanidine
Tizanidine works as a muscle relaxer. It is sold under multiple brand names in the market which include Sirdalud from Sun Pharma and Zanaflex. It provides relief from pain by coming in the way of nerve impulses sent to the brain which are indicative of pain. Tizanidine also works very well for treating spasticity which may be a result of conditions such as injuries to the spinal cord or multiple sclerosis. Moreover, it may be used for conditions beyond what is listed here.

Pertinent Information about Tizanidine
Tizanidine, in brands such as Zanaflex or Sirdalud (or any other) provides relief from muscle spasticity, to help you go about your day to day activities with ease. Accordingly, it should only be used periodically as and when you feel pain and need relief from the same. It needs to be avoided if you are taking medications such as antibiotics or antidepressants at the same time. You also need to be careful about avoiding Tizanidine if your muscle tone is required to be such that it is balanced and in good, supple motion, since way too relaxed a muscle tone can in fact be detrimental to your physical safety in some situations.
Follow your doctor’s advice on the way Tizanidine is to be taken. For instance, you should not be switching between its tablet and capsule form. There could also be certain instructions with regard to your diet while taking Tizanidine which you also need to follow.

Within a 24 hour period, you are expected to consume only a reasonable amount of Tizanidine. Remember that excess can do undue damage to your liver. Then there are other medications such as anti depression, allergy medication, medication for cold, other pain killers, and so on, which can lead you to a drowsed state with ease. On top of that if you take Tizanidine, you may only end up aggravating your drowsiness. Therefore, if you are already taking any such medication, it is in your own best interest that you inform the doctor about the same. Alongside, avoid alcohol as much as you can since that too can aggravate the impact of Tizanidine.

The FDA classifies Tizanidine as a Class C drug which means there is lack of conclusive evidence regarding its impact on unborn children in case of pregnant women or suckling children in case of nursing mothers. In any case, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, the best course of action will always be to consult your doctor if it would be OK for you to take Tizanidine.
This is especially true for elderly folks since Tizanidine may take a long time to actually pass through their systems.

Prior to taking Tizanidine
Before you embark on a Tizanidine regimen, make sure that you keep all the points mentioned above in mind. In case you have any doubts or queries in your mind, please consult with your doctor.
As has already been stressed above, if you are taking antidepressants or antibiotics such as fluvoxamine and ciprofloxacin respectively, it is best advised that you avoid Tizanidine. The same is true in case you are somehow allergic to Tizanidine. Other medical conditions in which you would be better off avoiding Tizanidine would include Long QT syndrome, liver or kidney problems as well as heart conditions, especially as a result or low or high BP.

Always discuss with your doctor in case you have any of these conditions.

Taking Tizanidine
Take Tizanidine exactly as has been instructed to you by the doctor, without deviating from the same in anyway. There are leaflets provided with the medication which will guide you adequately in case you have any doubts. You should not take more or less of the medication on your own. You should also take it only for the duration for which it has been prescribed or recommended to you by your doctor.
The best way to take Tizanidine is with a full glass of water. It will start taking effect almost immediately, but still allow at least 6 to 8 hours in between doses. There could potentially be withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, dizziness, and heightened spasticity if you stop taking the medication, once you have been taking it for quite a while. That is the reason it is really not advisable that you stop the medication all of a sudden; instead it should be gradual and progressive. Store Tizanidine in a dry and cool place.

Missing
Avoid doing so but if that happens, take it as soon as you remember. If the next one is already due or due soon, skip the one you missed. Do not take two doses too close to one another.

Overdose
In case of overdose, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of overdose could include coma, fainting, drowsiness, shortness of breath, and a generally confused state of existence.

Precautions
There are some precautions which you need to follow while taking Tizanidine. As an instance, you should not do anything which requires immense focus and concentration, such as driving or handling heavy machinery. Then you should always ever so slowly get into a standing or lying down position; doing so suddenly and quickly might lead to a fall.
Avoid alcohol as well as other medications which might make you drowsy still; it is always advisable that you consult with your doctor in all such situations.

Side Effects
Relatively mild side effects of Tizanidine include weakness, lightheadedness, tiredness, and a dry mouth. But if these conditions only get worse, you must contact your doctor immediately.
More serious side effects include liver damage, wh

Additional Information

SKU 1128
US Brand Name Zanaflex 2gm
Strength 2 mg
Generic Name Tizanidine HCl
Manufacturer Sun Pharma
PharmaceuticalForm Tablet/s
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