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Skelaxin is medicine used to relax muscles and relieve pain associated with muscular sprains and strains.
The active ingredient in this medicine is called Metaxalone, and is classified as a muscle relaxant medication.
Take Skelaxin or Metaxalone as directed as by your doctor. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food; however taking it with food may increase your chance of experiencing drowsiness or dizziness.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However if it is nearly time for your next dose, skip your missed dose and take only your next scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at once or two doses within a short time period.
Store this medicine at room temperature in a tightly closed container, away from direct heat or light.
Do not take Skelaxin or Metaxalone if you've experienced a previous allergic reaction to it, or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this product.
When starting any new prescription or over-the-counter medication, it is important to report your current medications to your doctor or pharmacist. This is to assess for any significant drug interactions that may alter the effects of your medicines. While taking this medication, please keep to all of your doctor and laboratory appointments as your doctor may wish to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Please notify laboratory staff that you are taking this medication, as it may affect certain lab test results.
This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness which can affect your ability to drive safely. Please refrain from driving or operating machinery until you know how you react to this medicine.
Avoid alcohol while you are using Skelaxin or Metaxalone because it will amplify alcohol-related effects, such as dizziness and poor balance. In addition, avoid any depressant medications, such as certain anti-anxiety medications, codeine, or beta blockers. Please see your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure about this.
If you have diabetes, this may affect the results of urine glucose tests. Be sure to double check this with your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medication or changing your diet.
If you are a woman and wish to become pregnant, please discuss the risks and benefits of using this medicine with your doctor. It is not known if this medicine is excreted into breast milk, therefore it is advised that you avoid breast feeding whilst taking Skelaxin or Metaxalone.
Skelaxin Side Effects
Some side effects you may experience include: nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, nervousness, irritability, drowsiness, headache or dizziness. Please see your doctor if these continue for some time or are bothersome.
See your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of the following: sore throat, unusual or severe weakness or tiredness, or yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).
Although unlikely, please be aware of the symptoms of an allergic reaction and seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms include: itching, rash, swollen lips or tongue, difficulty breathing or severe dizziness.
If you experience any other effects not listed here, please contact your nurse, pharmacist or doctor.
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