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Skelaxin

Generic Name: Metaxalone (me TAKS a lone)
Brand Name: Metaxall, Skelaxin

Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018

Uses of Skelaxin:

  • It is used to calm muscles.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Skelaxin?

  • If you have an allergy to metaxalone or any other part of Skelaxin (metaxalone).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Kidney disease or liver disease.
  • If you have anemia or have been told you are at risk of having anemia.
  • If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Skelaxin (metaxalone).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Skelaxin (metaxalone) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Skelaxin?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Skelaxin (metaxalone). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Taking more than you are told may raise your chance of very bad side effects.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how Skelaxin (metaxalone) affects you.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • This medicine is used with rest, PT (physical therapy), pain drugs, and other therapies.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor about which glucose tests are best to use.
  • If you are 65 or older, use Skelaxin (metaxalone) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Skelaxin (metaxalone) while you are pregnant.

How is this medicine (Skelaxin) best taken?

Use Skelaxin (metaxalone) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food. Taking Skelaxin (metaxalone) with food may cause more sleepiness or dizziness.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you take Skelaxin (metaxalone) on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times Skelaxin (metaxalone) is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Sore throat.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Feeling irritable.
  • A rare but life-threatening health problem called serotonin syndrome has happened with high doses of Skelaxin (metaxalone). This has also happened when normal doses of Skelaxin (metaxalone) were taken along with drugs for depression, migraines, or certain other drugs. Call your doctor right away if you have agitation; change in balance; confusion; hallucinations; fever; fast or abnormal heartbeat; flushing; muscle twitching or stiffness; seizures; shivering or shaking; sweating a lot; very bad diarrhea, upset stomach, or throwing up; or very bad headache.

What are some other side effects of Skelaxin?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Skelaxin?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Skelaxin (metaxalone), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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