Skelaxin Side Effects, Dosage, Action and More

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If your ultra-tight muscles are keeping you from participating fully in your day to day routine or your physical therapy sessions, your doctor may prescribe a muscle relaxer. One such muscle relaxer is Skelaxin. The generic name for Skelaxin, which is also the name of the drug’s active ingredient, is metaxalone. Skelaxin is the only brand of metaxalone sold in the US.

Skelaxin is one of several types of drugs in the class of muscle relaxants. This article covers just the basics on what it does, how to take it, and its potential side effects and complications. For more information and to be sure Skelaxin is the right drug for you, have a conversation with your doctor or pharmacist.

Action of Skelaxin

Skelaxin may be prescribed as an adjunct to other common treatments for acute back or neck pain; in other words, if you take it, you’ll likely do so along with rest and physical therapy.

According to the website RxList, Skelaxin does not directly relax your tense muscles. Experts don’t know exactly how the drug works, but they think it’s related to sedation effects.

How and When to take Skelaxin (or Not To)

Metaxalone is a pink tablet with score marks. It’s only available in an 800 mg dosage. As mentioned above, be sure to talk to your pharmacist and/or doctor if you have any questions or concerns about taking Skelaxin. Other than that, RxList says the recommended dose for both kids (over 12) is one 800 mg tablet three to four times a day.

Skelaxin has the potential for overdose. RxList says that these have occurred, especially when combined with antidepressants or alcohol. If you feel you need more of this drug than the recommended dose (see above) or if you’re having troubles relating to life, yourself and/or to other people, speak with your doctor or therapist.

If you miss a dose, and it is now closer the time of the next dose, just resume taking the medication with the next scheduled time. Do not double dose to make up for a missed dosage.

Reactions and Side Effects

You may possibly have an allergic reaction to Skelaxin or metaxalone. This could be due to some of the inactive ingredients (i.e, not the primary chemical but other things that are added.) Because it’s a sedative, Skelaxin may make you drowsy, as well. So when you’re under the influence, don’t drive or operate machinery. And finally, if you are going to have any kind of surgery, even a dental procedure, it’s wise to tell your health practitioner about everything you take.

Side effects and potential complications are too numerous to mention in full. But if you get hives, have problems breathing, or if your faces or throat starts to swell, you may be having an allergic reaction. In this case, seek medical attention immediately.

Other serious side effects include nausea and stomach problems and loss of appetite, fever, dark urine, clay-colored stools and/or jaundice. (Jaundice is yellowing of your eyes or skin.) As with symptoms of allergic reaction, if you have any of these, see a doctor immediately.

Skelaxin is associated with less serious side effects, as well.

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  • Skelaxin.  RxList website.