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User Reviews for Metaxalone

Also known as: Skelaxin, Metaxall

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Muscle Spasm  
7.2
96 reviews 50 medications
Fibromyalgia  Off-label
8.2
23 reviews 20 medications

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Reviews for Metaxalone

EC · Taken for 1 to 2 years May 26, 2020

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “I’ve had low back pain for almost a decade now. I will be turning 32 this year. I’ve tried robaxin, flexeril, tizanidine, and all the Benzos. Oxy, Hydro, Tramadol, Tylenol w/ codeine, etc. I was also on Soma for many years but it became a pain to get at the pharmacy (out of stock) (issues with it being controlled) etc. What works best for me is a routine of Tylenol ER, Gabapentin, Celebrex, Metaxalone, and Lidoderm. Metaxalone is a lot less sedating than Soma/Flexeril and works better than the above mentioned. I would recommend at least trying it! Downside is that It can be expensive for some reason so try getting it through mail order in a 3-month supply!”

7 / 10
Jimbo · Taken for less than 1 month April 23, 2020

For Muscle Spasm: “metaxalon never worked for my muscle spasm. I quit taking them as they made me very nervous at nite and raised my blood pressure”

2 / 10
In pain February 26, 2020

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “I just took skelaxin for the first time. While it relaxed just some of the pressure and pain from my chest due to fibromyalgia, it kept me up all night! I have not been been able to fall asleep and was very restless all night”

2 / 10
Vacaygirl · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 23, 2014

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “Wow, was prescribed this for back issues that were apparently muscular in nature, but I was convinced was an actual spinal issue. The pain in my back was so bad. At the same time, my doc's were trying in vain to find out what was causing chronic diarrhea for the past 1-2 years, with no luck. Once I started on Skelaxin, not only has my back improved incredibly, all of a sudden, for the first time in a very long time, the diarrhea is gone as well! Love this medicine. Take it before bed, sleep great and wake up very clearheaded, and not in pain!”

9 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 25, 2014

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “This medicine is expensive but amazing. I was taking 70mgs or more of Norco a day! I have not had a Norco for 3 months thanks to this medication! I was always in pain, even with the large doses of pain medicines. Skelaxin has actually stopped my pain, severe swelling in muscles and the numbness in my hands and feet is almost gone. I was prescribed 3, 800 mgs a day but only take 400 in the morning and 400 in the evening, and some days I take none at all. I am very pleased with it, other then the very high cost.”

9 / 10
Chris70586 October 5, 2015

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “12 years ago I suffered form lower back pain for spurs, and severe pain between my shoulder. The pain was absolutely unbearable. The muscle spasm were so bad that I had a hard time breathing. My doctor prescribed me skelaxin for the spasms and pain killers for the pain. Once I started taking the Skelaxin I had no use for the pain medicine. This is a wander drug because, I can function 100% and all it does is it's job .I have recently started suffering with spasms again that are very intense. I went to the doctor today and she prescribed Skelaxin again. I know it is pricey , but nothing works like it does. I am on my third dose and seeing dramatic improvement already.”

10 / 10
GLAs$ · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 21, 2016

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “This drug is the most effective medication I have ever used for my chronic neck pain. After a period of time I no longer need to use this drug since my neck pain is greatly diminished. Other aches and pains have been reduced as well. I have not experienced any side effects. The only pain that has not been reduced are my migraines.”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years September 18, 2019

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “I think this made is my savior. I have been a nurse for 13 years and diagnosed with fibromyalgia 4 years ago. This med Skelaxin does not make me sleepy like flexaril does. I can function very well at work on days when I hurt more because I have this medication. Nursing is a lot of wear and tear on the body and with this I can work with Ibuprofen, this and my Lyrica. Don’t know how I would get through the bad days without this med.”

10 / 10
Meliannos · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 8, 2015

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “I have had 5 surgeries on my left shoulder. An unknown bacterial infection was introduced during 2nd surgery after 1st surgery failed. I ended up with a reverse delta arthroplasty. Since the last surgery I have been on high doses of pain killers & have always had Flexeril prescribed for me, though I stopped using it because it never touched the pain from muscle spasms & cramping. Recently, my doctor prescribed Skelaxin. I was astonished at the difference! There was a noticeable difference in 2 days. Taking it 3x/day I got a great deal of pain relief & less muscle pain. Unfortunately, I can't use the drug because even the generic is too expensive for my very limited disability income. I hate knowing it's out there but unavailable to me! :(”

8 / 10
Kymmi · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 10, 2014

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “Highly recommend. I have a C5 pinched nerve which affects my left arm, fingers are numb, & pain in spine. I was taking 700-1050 mg of Soma, 2-3xs daily & Norco 10/325 2-3xs a day. NOT ANY MORE. I take 1 medicine 3 xs a day and feel great. Very rarely do I have to add Norco. This medicine has been a Godsend! Cannot live without it, no surgery for me.”

10 / 10
Jefflaur1 · Taken for less than 1 month July 19, 2014

For Muscle Spasm: “An absolutely excruciating sharp pain in my shoulder woke me up..so severe I cried for my wife to take me to the ER at 3am. Turned out to be a pinched nerve in the neck sending pain to the shoulder. A prescription for Metaxalone was given that I got filled along with Naproxen. The Metaxalone works very well for me. I split the pills into two halves and use when it feels like the shoulder pain will flare up. No "loopyness" or drowsiness. I am a 24 year recovering alcoholic and this medication works well.”

8 / 10
joeycee · Taken for less than 1 month March 15, 2014

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “I take Skelaxin on occasion when my back has been stressed from excessive use, having 2 bulging discs. When stressed, my back tenses and I have severe back pain. One pill for about two days always relieves the pain and I get back to normal. The only side effect I get is flushing of my face.”

10 / 10
Luvrofmusik · Taken for 10 years or more July 23, 2017

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “I have been taking Skelaxin every since 1994. I was suffering with Fibromyalgia. I had a bad car accident and had no clue what Fibromyalgia was. I found out and Fibromyalgia is not pleasant at all. I finally found a doctor that properly diagnosed me and he prescribed me Skelaxin. I don't know what I would have done without it. I have tried other muscle relaxers and they did not work or they made me too drowsy to function. I am much better now and I usually take one Skelaxin at night before I go to bed.”

10 / 10
Anonymous woman November 14, 2013

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “For low back pain since I had 2 protruding discs several years ago, I take tramadol for pain and Skelaxin for muscle relaxing. It must be the name brand Skelaxin which works perfectly as the generic causes me to be foggy, loopy, and tired as the med wears off after 3 and a half hours. I also find I don't trust my driving or decision making on the generic. ”

10 / 10
Rachelsyama · Taken for 10 years or more May 3, 2019

For Muscle Spasm: “I've been on Metaxalone 800 mg three times a day for 10 years which is used for muscles spasm, it is the best muscle relaxer. It gave me relief from constant spasms caused by an accident. Now I'm on Medicare and they won't pay for Metaxalone even though it's the least sedating muscle relaxer. It's all about $$$. Medicare could not care less about my quality of life.”

10 / 10
anonymous999 · Taken for less than 1 month April 16, 2013

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “1st time onset of cervical pain with upper extremity radiculopathy. Steroid taper did not help, Norflex did not help, Relafen did not help. Skelaxin, wow, 2 doses in and the pain is virtually gone. I also received a tramadol prescription but will likely not need it.”

10 / 10
Notametaxalonegirl · Taken for less than 1 month January 2, 2020

For Muscle Spasm: “Metaxalone made me so extremely anxious, and made my blood pressure rise, as well as my pulse. My emotions were uncontrollable and I would never take it again. Please monitor yourselves with this medication. I haven’t seen this reaction, and it needs to be posted.”

Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 3, 2013

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “Started Skelaxin for muscle spasms in low back, upper back and neck. My first try at taking it I took it 3x/day for a couple of days and on next visit to Dr. told her that I could not take it on a routine basis like that due to the sleepiness. She told me to take it on an as needed basis. I also tried it just at bedtime and thought it was that which was making me so terribly hard to wake up the next morning. So I stopped that. But within the last week I must have strained the muscles in my lower back, I was having terrible pain and tenseness in my upper back. Also for the past few nights I have fallen asleep on the couch sitting up and developed horrible pain in my neck. I decided to try it again while others were around and it has been working.”

7 / 10
susanita · Taken for less than 1 month January 18, 2020

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “I have torn ligaments and shoulder issues and skelaxin helps if taken properly. Someone at the top commented that it is no longer made. I don't believe that is the case as I just filled prescription within the last 3 weeks, although it did have to be ordered as the pharmacy was out of stock. I have taken this before several years back.”

8 / 10
Reyna · Taken for less than 1 month May 20, 2019

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Muscle Spasm: “I tried Skelaxin but the gastrointestinal side effects of gas, bloating, nausea, increased stomach acid and stomach pain were bad. Had to discontinue medication because of gastrointestinal side effects. Would not recommend this medication.”

4 / 10
brighteyez2k March 17, 2008

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: “I have fibromyalgia and it helps with my muscle spasms and my back pains and other pains that i have with my fibromyalgia. My doctor only wants me to take it on a as needed basis for the muscles spasms but when the get really bad it helps alot ...”

10 / 10
dancingcat September 15, 2011

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: “I have had fibro and chronic fatigue for years. I used to take Skelaxin occasionally. When I developed degerative bone disease and increasing arthritis, I decided to take it regularly and see what happened. Over a period of a few months, I have found that my pain has reduced significantly. It is one of those drugs that seems to work better when taken regularly as opposed to for an acute attack. The down side is that it is expensive, even in generic form.”

9 / 10
This stuff works! · Taken for less than 1 month January 20, 2014

For Muscle Spasm: “I never had any back problems until I reached my upper 40s. If I wasn't careful, I would somehow manage to pull my lower back muscle. The pain was relentless, and nothing I took really helped; it only took the edge off. Very fortunately, a doctor recommended I take Skelaxin/Metaxalone, and FINALLY something helped! So now I always keep a bottle in my medicine cabinet, just in case! The only downside is that it causes constipation, but I just make sure I eat extra fiber & drink extra water.”

9 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month October 30, 2012

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: “Went to the doctor yesterday due to muscle spasms from fibromyalgia. She put me on Skelaxin and it's WONDERFUL. I actually felt half way decent for the first time in forever, even able to get some much needed household chores done.”

9 / 10
PateChouxButtercream January 4, 2012

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: “I have fibromyalgia and more recently have been dealing with severe stenosis in my L5 as well as my L2.3.4 that can only be described as crippling. I have been on Skelaxin for two days and I thought my husband and my teen were going to cry because they got their wife and mom, respectively, back, and I can sleep longer than 4 hours at a time. It is nice.”

9 / 10
Comtngirl · Taken for less than 1 month July 13, 2018

For Muscle Spasm: “I have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS.) If anyone knows this awful syndrome, you'll know it's up there on the pain scale. After six years of numerous medications, my doctor decided to give metaxalone a try. (I'm extremely sensitive to medication, so I hate changing them.) The first few days I was a zombie, but that was okay, because I never can sleep due to the pain and muscle spasms at night. After about 4-5 days, the medicine tapered off, and I feel like a whole new person! The spasms have decreased and I can sleep a bit more. The only side effect I have is it seems to be an appetite suppressant, but I'm only on week two...that may change and go back to normal. It's not awful. No nausea, etc. I just don't find myself craving snacks/sweets. So far, this has been a winner for me.”

7 / 10
Charitygirl April 23, 2008

Skelaxin (metaxalone) for Fibromyalgia: “I take Skelaxin for the coat hanger neck pain associated with my neurocardiogenic syncopy, and the severe pain I get from fibromyalgia. I love it! It helps me move more comfortably, and I don't feel exhausted or "high". I used to take Neurontin but that didn't help with pain that much. Being a single mom of 3 kids ages 14, 11, and 2 that wasn't an option.”

10 / 10
Metaxing · Taken for less than 1 month July 27, 2014

For Muscle Spasm: “The pain in my lower back due to some extreme exercise moves reacted immediately to this medication. The first sign of improvement was when I lifted myself out of bed first morning after starting: 800 mg 3x a day. However, ended up in the hospital a couple of days later due to severe nausea and loss of consciousness. May be a combination of things that were going on. Still on it after about two weeks, and I am experiencing nausea and loss of appetite, as well as sleepiness. Physical therapy along with this is working well. I am about to ask the doctor if I can only take as needed.”

9 / 10

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