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Skelaxin (metaxalone) is a muscle relaxant given in conjunction with other measures such as rest, physical therapy and so forth to relieve discomfort associated with acute, musculoskeletal conditions such as pain and injury as well as muscle spasms. The recommended dosage for Skelaxim in adults and children over twelve years of age is one 800 mg tablet 3-4 times per day.

Metaxalone provides prompt relief, usually within one hour of taking the medication. It is not habit forming and provides an improved range of motion. The medication also does not interfere with posture and balance. Skelaxin provides minimal sedation so the patient has only a small chance of feeling groggy of sleepy while taking it. There are also no adverse cardiovascular effects to the medication making it a commonly prescribed muscle relaxant.

As a result, there are very few side effects to this medication. The most common include nausea and vomiting. Other side effects are:

  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • nervousness,
  • irritability,
  • rash,
  • jaundice
  • and anemia (in rare instances).

It is strongly suggested that you don't take skelaxin with alcohol or barbiturates as these could interact negatively. This medication can impair your ability to drive. Before taking this medication, you should let your doctor know if you have any liver problems as metaxalone can impact this organ negatively. Provide your doctor with a list of all medications, prescription, over the counter and herbal so that he/she can determine if there are any risks. If you plan to become or are currently pregnant or nursing, please alert your doctor because it is possible that selaxin can affect an unborn or newborn child.

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