Skelaxin

Pronunciation

Generic Name: metaxalone (me-TAX-a-lone)
Brand Name: Skelaxin

Skelaxin is used for:

Treating discomfort associated with acute painful muscle conditions along with rest, physical therapy, or other measures.

Skelaxin is a muscle relaxant. It works in the brain to help relax the muscles.

Do NOT use Skelaxin if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Skelaxin
  • you have a known tendency to drug-induced, hemolytic, or other anemias
  • you have severe liver or kidney problems
  • you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Skelaxin:

Some medical conditions may interact with Skelaxin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have an enlarged prostate gland, liver or kidney problems, or the blood disease porphyria

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Skelaxin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Benzodiazepines (eg, diazepam), narcotic pain medicines (eg, codeine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because the risk of drowsiness may be increased
  • Sodium oxybate (GHB) because an increase in sleep duration and a decrease in the ability to breathe are likely to occur

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Skelaxin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Skelaxin:

Use Skelaxin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Skelaxin by mouth with or without food. Taking it with food may increase the risk of drowsiness or dizziness.
  • If you miss a dose of Skelaxin and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Skelaxin.

Important safety information:

  • Skelaxin may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Skelaxin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Skelaxin; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Diabetes patients - Skelaxin may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Lab tests, including liver function, may be performed while you use Skelaxin. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Skelaxin with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially drowsiness or dizziness.
  • Skelaxin should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Skelaxin while you are pregnant. It is not known if Skelaxin is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Skelaxin.

Possible side effects of Skelaxin:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; drowsiness; headache; irritability; nausea; nervousness; upset stomach; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fever, chills, or sore throat; unusual or severe tiredness or weakness; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Skelaxin:

Store Skelaxin at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Skelaxin out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Skelaxin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Skelaxin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Skelaxin or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Skelaxin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Skelaxin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Skelaxin.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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