Skelaxin is a muscle relaxant medication with generic name metaxalone. Metaxalone appears to be as a white crystalline powder with no odor and freely soluble in chloroform, insoluble in water. Each skelaxin tablet consists of 800 mg of metaxalone along with inactive ingredients like ammonium calcium alginate, corn starch, magnesium stearate, alginic acid and B-rose liquid. The tablets are pink colored in oval shape and are also scored. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administrations in the year 1962.
Skelaxin is used as a muscle pain reliever. The pill works by blocking the nerve impulses i.e. the pain sensations in the brain. It works better if it is used along with adequate rest and doctor prescribed physical therapy in order to treat the skeletal muscle conditions like an injury or some severe pain.
Skelaxin may also be prescribed for treating muscle spasms and for the treatment of various other medical conditions.
Skelaxin can be taken three to four times each day by mouth either after having food or even without food. It is better to take this drug on an empty stomach or after having a light meal so as to let the medicine to begin working in the body instantly.
Consuming Skelaxin tablets over a high fat meal might take prolonged time for the pill to initiate the action. It is best to follow doctor’s advice carefully and take the medicines as instructed so that any abnormal reactions due to the can be averted.
Dosage of Skelaxin can differ for each individual and depends upon the person’s age, medical condition and their response to medication. One should not take the pill longer than what is prescribed.
Dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, stomach upset, headache, nausea are common side effects of this medication.
Though it is true that benefit of this pain relief medication is greater than the risk of side effects, sometimes, there are vulnerable chances for side effects to appear in some people.
Do not consume alcohol while being on medical course with Skelaxin as dangerous side effects including death can happen when doing so.
Taking drugs that can induce sleep or slow breathing can result in serious or life threating side effects when taken along with Skelaxin. Do not take sleeping pill, narcotic pill, other muscle relaxers or medicines for anxiety, depression or seizures with this muscle relaxant as doing so can contribute to severe drug interactions.