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Skelaxin Side Effects

Generic Name: metaxalone

Note: This document contains side effect information about metaxalone. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Skelaxin.

For the Consumer

Applies to metaxalone: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, metaxalone (the active ingredient contained in Skelaxin) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking metaxalone:

Incidence not known

  • Agitation
  • back, leg, or stomach pains
  • black, tarry stools
  • bleeding gums
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • confusion
  • cough
  • dark urine
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty in breathing or swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • general body swelling
  • headache
  • hives, itching, skin rash
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • nosebleed
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pale skin
  • poor coordination
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • redness of the skin
  • restlessness
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • stomach pain
  • sweating
  • swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
  • swollen glands
  • talking or acting with excitement you cannot control
  • tightness in the chest
  • trembling or shaking
  • twitching
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • vomiting of blood
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Some side effects of metaxalone may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Drowsiness
  • irritability
  • stomach or bowel upset

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to metaxalone: oral tablet

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal upset[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Drowsiness, dizziness, headache[Ref]

Hematologic

Frequency not reported: Leukopenia, hemolytic anemia[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Rare (less than 0.1%): Anaphylactoid reaction, hypersensitivity reaction, rash (with or without pruritus)[Ref]

Hepatic

Frequency not reported: Jaundice[Ref]

Other

Frequency not reported: False-positive Benedict's tests (due to an unknown reducing substance)[Ref]

A glucose-specific test may be used to differentiate findings.[Ref]

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Nervousness, irritability[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Skelaxin (metaxalone)." Carnrick Laboratories Inc, Cedar Knolls, NJ.

Further information

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

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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