Metaxalone Pills – Generic of Skelaxin
Metaxalone pills are the generic form of Skelaxin. It is used to treat acute, painful musculosketal conditions in conjunction with rest and physical therapy. It contains sedative properties and relaxes muscles; metaxalone helps to decrease muscle pain and spasms related to sprains, strains and other muscle injuries. Skelaxin is fast-acting; most patients feel prompt relief within 1 hour of taking the tablet.
The recommended dosage is one 800 mg tablet three to four times a day for adults and children over 12 years of age. Metaxalone can either be taken with food or immediately after meals to avoid stomach upset. Your physician prescribes the dosage that is best for your medical condition and progression in therapy. It is important to follow your doctor’s treatment and not to arbitrarily increase your dosage. There is a risk of misuse and dependency. Metaxalone is intended to be used on a short-term basis, usually no longer than 3 weeks, unless directed by your physician. Your physician should monitor your condition to assure that the course of treatment is beneficial.
There has been some side affects of Skelaxin reported. They include: drowsiness, headaches, lightheadedness, dizziness, trouble breathing, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal upset, hypersensitivity, rash, leukopenia, hemoltyic anemia and anaphylactoid reactions. Other serious adverse affects include mental/mood changes, sign of infection (fever, persistent sore throat), jaundice, fast/pounding heartbeat, trouble urinating and worsening of seizures. One demographic, the elderly, may be more sensitive to the side effects of dizziness and drowsiness. Additionally, since Skelaxin can impair physical or mental abilities, patients should not operate machinery or drive a motor vehicle while taking this medication.
Drug interactions have also been cited. Metaxalone and other CNS depressants may be addictive. Physicians should closely monitor usage of patients who take more than one CNS depressants at one time. It is also important to advise your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs: certain antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives, narcotic pain relievers such as codeine and psychiatric medicines.
Any hypersensitivity to any components of this product as well as a known tendency towards drug induced, hemolytic or other anemias contraindicates its use. Other contraindications are impaired renal or hepatic functioning, seizures or urinary retention. There are general precautions that must be considered when taking metaxalone. It should be administered to patients with liver problems under the closest of monitoring by their physician. It has also not been established that pregnant women can safely, without risk, take Skelaxin. It is up to the physician to determine if the benefits outweigh the risk involved. In addition, it is not recommended for nursing mothers because many drugs can be excreted in human milk. Since its safety and effectiveness in young children, it is not recommended in children younger than 12 years of age. There is an increased risk of accidental overdose with the use of metaxalone when combined with antidepressants and/or alcohol.
Metaxalone, the generic of Skelaxin, is effective in a comprehensive treatment of muscle pain and injuries when coupled with rest and physical therapy.