Skelaxin is used for treating adults and adolescents (age 12 and older) who have muscle spasms due to injuries, overuse, or similar problems. This prescription muscle relaxant can help relieve pain, tenderness, and stiffness due to muscle spasms. Skelaxin is a short-term medication and works by affecting the central nervous system, rather than the muscles directly. One off-label Skelaxin use includes treating pain associated with fibromyalgia.
What Is Skelaxin Used For? -- An OverviewSkelaxin® (metaxalone) is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms. As a muscle relaxant, the drug can help relieve pain due to muscle spasms. Skelaxin is approved for use along with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments to relieve pain from acute (short-term) painful muscle spasms. It may be less likely to cause drowsiness and "grogginess," compared to other muscle relaxants.
A muscle spasm is an uncontrollable contraction of a muscle. Muscle spasms can cause pain, tenderness, and stiffness. They are a frequent cause of back pain. Most often, muscle spasms are caused by injury, overuse, or similar problems (like sleeping in a strange position). Skelaxin usually works quite well for these types of muscle spasms.