Skelaxin Drug Information
If you have muscle spasms due to an injury, your healthcare provider may prescribe Skelaxin® (metaxalone). This prescription muscle relaxer is approved for use in combination with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments for relieving the pain associated with short-term "musculoskeletal conditions" (such as muscle spasms due to an injury). Although most people tolerate this muscle relaxant well, it is not suitable for everyone. Therefore, make sure to read the prescribing information for the drug before starting Skelaxin.
For instance, Skelaxin can cause several side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea. Also, before taking Skelaxin, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Skelaxin works mostly in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), not directly on the muscles.
The drug is only available in one strength (Skelaxin 800 mg tablets). The tablets are taken by mouth, typically three or four times a day.
(Click Skelaxin for a closer look at this topic, including details on how the medicine works, possible side effects, and what to tell your healthcare provider before using this prescription muscle relaxer.)