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When considering tizanidine and pregnancy, look at the Pregnancy Category for the drug. For tizanidine, that is Category C, which means that animal research indicates this drug causes harm to the fetus. Tizanidine should only be given to an expectant parent if the need for the drug outweighs the risk of not taking it. 

Tizanidine and Breastfeeding

It is not clear whether tizanidine crosses into breast milk. Nursing parents should alert their physicians that they are breastfeeding before taking this drug. 


Is it safe to take tizanidine while pregnant?

Tizanidine is a Pregnancy Category C drug, meaning there is an indication that it may cause harm to a developing fetus. In animal studies, it did lead to developmental issues, stillborn babies, and longer-than-normal gestation. Parents expecting a baby should only take this drug if the benefit of it outweighs the risks. 

What category is tizanidine?

Tizanidine is a Category C drug, meaning animal testing indicates it may cause harm. 

Can I take a muscle relaxer during pregnancy?

Women expecting a child may be able to take some muscle relaxers during their pregnancy, but tizanidine may not be the best choice. Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril, Amrix) is a Category B rated drug and possibly a better option. 

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