A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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Zanaflex is a prescription muscle relaxant that can be used for the management of muscle spasms. It works by activating alpha-2-adrenergic receptors, which cause the relaxation of muscle cells.
Take Zanaflex exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The recommended starting dosage is 2 mg every 6-8 hours. Do not take more than three doses in 24 hours unless directed by your doctor.
The dosage may be increased to 2-4 mg every 6-8 hours. Do not increase more frequently than every 1-4 days.
The maximum total daily dose is 36 mg.
The active ingredient in Zanaflex is tizanidine.
Zanaflex capsules are available in Zanaflex 2 mg, Zanaflex 4 mg, and Zanaflex 6 mg.
Zanaflex tablets are available in Zanaflex 4 mg.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all medications you are taking before starting Zanaflex because it has the potential for many drug-drug interactions.
If Zanaflex was taken for a long period and is going to be stopped, it should be tapered slowly to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, fast heart rate, and muscle spasms.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of low blood pressure before starting this medication.
Zanaflex can cause sedation. Do not operate a vehicle before you know how it affects you.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney or liver problems.
Some common Zanaflex side effects may include:
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Zanaflex [package insert]. Ardsley, NJ: Acorda; 2013.