Skelaxin® (metaxalone) is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms. Specifically, Skelaxin is approved for use in combination with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments for relieving the pain associated with short-term "musculoskeletal conditions," including muscle spasms caused by injuries.
This prescription muscle relaxant comes in tablet form. Skelaxin is taken by mouth, typically three or four times a day. You can take it 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. Skelaxin tablets are only available in one strength, 800 mg tablets.
Although it is not entirely clear as to how Skelaxin works to treat muscle spasms, the medicine is known to work mostly in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), not directly on the muscles.
While most people tolerate the tablets well, Skelaxin is not suitable for everyone. Some of the common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea.
(Click Skelaxin for a more in-depth look at how Skelaxin works, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and information on what to tell your healthcare provider before using this prescription muscle relaxant.)