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Skelaxin Side Effects

Generic name: metaxalone

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 29, 2024.

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

Applies to metaxalone: oral tablet.

Serious side effects of Skelaxin

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

Other side effects of Skelaxin

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

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. 2001;PROD.

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.