Skelaxin is a muscle relaxant; it treats discomfort associated with acute painful muscle condition along with rest, physical therapy or other measure. It works directly to the brain in helping the muscle to relax by blocking the pain sensation, similar to the function of pain killers but stronger.
It is advisable not to use Skelaxin under these conditions, allergic to metaxalone, lack of red blood cells (anemic) or severe kidney or liver disease. Adjustment of dosage or special test may be required if there is allergy to any other medications, or suffering from liver or kidney disease. Under the influence of Skelaxin, it may impair the ability to think or reduce reaction time. Avoid doing tasks or jobs that require focus and attention. Other side effects may also arise if Skelaxin is taken with the influence of alcohol.
Inform the physician, if these conditions already existed, besides having allergy towards other medication, allergy towards food, pregnancy or planning to be pregnant, breast feeding, enlarged prostate gland, liver or kidney problems, blood disease, on medication whether prescription or non prescription or dietary supplements. This information will help in preventing unnecessary effects due to the medication itself. Some medicine especially diazepam, narcotic pain medicines, antidepressant will increase the level of drowsiness if taken or consume along with Skelaxin, GHB on the other hand will increase sleep duration and decrease the ability to breath.
Skelaxin should be taken as prescribe by the physician. It should only be taken orally, and can be taken with or without food, however taking it with food increase the risk of drowsiness or dizziness. It should be taken according to schedule, missing a dosage does not require it to double up the next day.
The side effect of Skelaxin consists of drowsiness; headache, irritability, nausea, nervousness, upset stomach and vomiting, some people may have minor or no side effect at all, but if the side effect persists or become bothersome, quickly seek medical consultation.