Skelaxin (Metaxalone), a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Skelaxin is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Before taking Skelaxin (Metaxalone) tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to metaxalone or any other drugs. Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially medications for seizures, allergies, colds, or coughs; pain medications; sedatives; tranquilizers; and vitamins. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease, liver disease, seizures, or a blood disorder. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking metaxalone, call your doctor immediately. You should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how metaxalone affects you. Remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug. Skelaxin comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken three or four times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Skelaxin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Skelaxin (Metaxalone) and seek emergency medical attention: severe skin rash; difficulty breathing; ellowing of the skin or eyes; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; seizures.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Skelaxin and talk to your doctor if you experience: drowsiness or dizziness; weakness; dry mouth; upset stomach; vomiting; headache or nervousness.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Skelaxin (Metaxalone) may cause drowsiness and dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.
Dizziness is most likely to occur when you rise from a sitting or lying position. Rise slowly to prevent dizziness and a possible fall.
Use caution with alcohol, other muscle relaxants, sleep or anxiety medicines, and pain medicines. These drugs may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Skelaxin. Do not take any other medicine during treatment with Skelaxin without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Some interactions between medications can be more severe than others. The best way for you to avoid harmful interactions is to tell your doctor and/or pharmacist what medications you are currently taking, including any over-the-counter products, vitamins, and herbals. For specific information on how Metaxalone interacts with other drugs and the severity of those interactions, please use this Drug Interactions Checker to check for possible drug interactions.
If you take too much:
Seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of a Skelaxin (Metaxalone) overdose are unknown but might include low blood pressure (weakness, fainting, confusion), nausea, severe drowsiness, decreased breathing, and unconsciousness.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
Store Skelaxin (Metaxalone) at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light.