Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
You may take this medicine with or without food, but you should take it the same way every time. Tizanidine works differently depending on whether you take it on an empty stomach or a full stomach. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about this.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are using medicine to lower blood pressure (such as clonidine, atenolol, hydrochlorothiazide [HCTZ], lisinopril, metoprolol, quinapril, Accupril®, Catapres®, Cozaar®, Diovan®, Lotrel®, Norvasc®, Toprol®, or Zestril®), medicine for heart rhythm problems (such as amiodarone, mexiletine, propafenone, verapamil, Cordarone®, Isoptin®, Mexitil®, or Rythmol®) or medicine to treat infection (such as ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, Cipro®, or Noroxin®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using acyclovir (Zovirax®), cimetidine (Tagamet®), famotidine (Pepcid®), fluvoxamine (Luvox®), ticlopidine (Ticlid®), zileuton (Zyflo®), or birth control pills.
Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.