A healthcare provider may prescribe Skelaxin® (metaxalone) to help relieve certain types of muscle spasms. This prescription muscle relaxant is approved for adults and children as young as 12 years old.
The medication comes in tablet form. Oral Skelaxin tablets are typically taken three or four times a day and are only available in one strength, 800 mg tablets. You can take Skelaxin with or without food, although taking it with food increases the levels of the medication in the blood, which may increase the risk of side effects.
It is not exactly known as to how Skelaxin works, but it is known that it mostly works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), not directly on the muscles. Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea.
(Click Skelaxin for more information on how Skelaxin can help relieve muscle spasms. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)