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    Hello
    I have got a new prescription for Tizanidine for my spasticity , which for me has been an issue. It seems to work way better than baclofen and was just wondering if any one else has had any experience with this drug ? Am I just having a little lull in my stiffness and pain or could it be working. I have to admit I never liked baclofen. Thanks I was just curious
    It was one agains't 2.5million toughest one we ever fought.

    #2
    Originally posted by oceanpride View Post
    Hello
    I have got a new prescription for Tizanidine for my spasticity , which for me has been an issue. It seems to work way better than baclofen and was just wondering if any one else has had any experience with this drug ? Am I just having a little lull in my stiffness and pain or could it be working. I have to admit I never liked baclofen. Thanks I was just curious
    Hey oceanpride!

    My guess is that your reduced spasticity is due to the Tizanidine.

    I took it (also called Zanaflex) for some time and it definitely worked to relieve muscle stiffness.

    Unfortunately, because I also have severe weakness, it took away my much needed muscle tone for standing and walking.

    This reduced muscle tone also affected my balance.

    I do get muscle spasms at times, but so far they are 'conditional', like when my leg touches the cold bathtub, or if my legs are in the same position for too long, or when my feet or legs are 'tickled' by the light touch of a bath towel, or the light touch of my shoes when putting them on. Tickles like that cause big time spasms for me!

    My sister is my care helper, and she has learned to be very careful while helping me with my shower!

    In any case oceanpride, I hope that the Tizanidine continues to help with your stiffness and pain.





    PPMS for 23 years (dx 1998)
    ~ Worrying will not take away tomorrow's troubles ~ But it will take away today's peace. ~

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      #3
      Thanks KoKo. Your knowledge and experience with this stuff is invaluable. I’m actually finding a little more strength in my legs due to the reduced pain and stiffness.
      I don’t think I will ever take baclofen again.
      But I think I’ve said that before also. For about the first few days I felt a little miserable going off of it. Maybe baclofen is a drug you have to slowly wean yourself off. I’m going to give Tizanidine a good long trial and hope that it works out good for me.
      It was one agains't 2.5million toughest one we ever fought.

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        #4
        Originally posted by oceanpride View Post
        I'm actually finding a little more strength in my legs due to the reduced pain and stiffness.
        That's terrific, oceanpride!


        Originally posted by oceanpride View Post
        I don't think I will ever take baclofen again. But I think I've said that before also.
        Baclofen doesn't work for everyone.


        Originally posted by oceanpride View Post
        For about the first few days I felt a little miserable going off of it. Maybe baclofen is a drug you have to slowly wean yourself off.
        Yes, if you've used it for a long while and stopped abruptly, you could have some withdrawal symptoms.


        Originally posted by oceanpride View Post
        I'm going to give Tizanidine a good long trial and hope that it works out good for me.
        Sounds like an excellent plan. Good luck, oceanpride!

        PPMS for 23 years (dx 1998)
        ~ Worrying will not take away tomorrow's troubles ~ But it will take away today's peace. ~

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          #5
          Hi oceanpride!

          I also take this and it works really well for me when I'm having severe spasms and spasticity. It usually happens in the evening while resting before bed, so that's when I take it. I find it works as a sedative and helps me fall asleep faster.

          Baclofen also helps me during the day. I didn't know that going off it cold turkey would give one withdrawal symptoms, so I learned something new!

          I hope tizanidine continues to work wonders for you.
          Take care!
          1st sx '89 Dx '99 w/RRMS - SP since 2010
          Administrator Message Boards/Moderator

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            #6
            I prefer the Zanaflex to the baclofen.
            The future depends on what you do today.- Gandhi

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              #7
              Thanks Seasha. I’ve learned a lot about everything here with all the help. When KoKo said the other name of it was zanaflex I searched that here and found out more info. Muscle stiffness and the pain from it has definitely improved after starting it.
              Certainly helps to be on this journey with others.
              It was one agains't 2.5million toughest one we ever fought.

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                #8
                That encourages me too Boudreaux
                Thanks.
                It was one agains't 2.5million toughest one we ever fought.

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