Skelaxin

Generic Name: Metaxalone

  • What is Skelaxin?

    Skelaxin is a muscle relaxant used in combination with rest and physical therapy for the relief of severe and painful musculoskeletal conditions, such as muscle strains and spasms.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Skelaxin?

    Although Skelaxin relieves the pain of strains and sprains, it is not useful for other types of pain.

    Taking Skelaxin with food may enhance its effect.

  • Who should not take Skelaxin?

    Do not take Skelaxin if you are allergic to Skelaxin or any of its ingredients. Do not take it if you have a history of anemia (blood disorder) or significant liver or kidney disease.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Skelaxin?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Skelaxin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have anemia or liver or kidney problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children >12 years: The usual is one 800-milligram (mg) tablet three to four times a day.

  • How should I take Skelaxin?

    Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor, without food.

  • What should I avoid while taking Skelaxin?

    Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how this medication affects you.

    Avoid alcohol and CNS depressants (such as cold medicine, pain medication, other muscle relaxers, and medicines to treat depression or anxiety) while taking Skelaxin as they may increase some of the side effects of Skelaxin.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Skelaxin?

    If Skelaxin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Skelaxin with any of the following: alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, opioids, other CNS depressants, tricyclic antidepressants.

  • What are the possible side effects of Skelaxin?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: dizziness, drowsiness, headache, irritability, nausea, nervousness, stomach upset, vomiting

  • Can I receive Skelaxin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Skelaxin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Skelaxin?

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Skelaxin?

    Store at room temperature.

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