Skelaxin Warnings and Precautions
To help ensure safe, effective treatment with Skelaxin, warnings and precautions for the medication should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. For example, tell your healthcare provider about any existing medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking. Other precautions and warnings with Skelaxin include the safety of taking the drug when pregnant or breastfeeding, and the risk of certain side effects.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Skelaxin?Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Skelaxin® (metaxalone) if you have:
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With SkelaxinSome of the warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Skelaxin include the following:
- If you have liver disease, you will need blood tests to make sure that Skelaxin is not making your liver disease worse.
- Skelaxin commonly causes drowsiness and dizziness, which may interfere with your ability to drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or focus mentally. Elderly people may be more susceptible to these side effects.
- You should avoid alcohol while taking Skelaxin, as additive effects (such as increased drowsiness, confusion, or memory loss) could occur.
- Skelaxin can potentially interact with many other medications (see Skelaxin Interactions).
- It is not known if the drug is safe for use during pregnancy (see Skelaxin and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if Skelaxin passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Skelaxin and Breastfeeding).