Class and Purpose of the Drug:
Skelaxin is taken by mouth, with a meal, to prevent an upset stomach. If you get an upset stomach anyway, try taking it on with a light meal. Skelaxin is taken between 3-4 times a day. DO NOT INCREASE YOUR DOSAGE! If you miss a dose, and it has been longer than 1 hour, just resume taking the medication with the next scheduled time.
How the Drug Works - Drug Action:
- stomach upset, nausea, constipation
- dry mouth
- blurred vision
- lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness. Because of the potential for drowsiness, it is best not to drive or to operating heavy machinery while on Skelaxin.
More Serious Side Effects:
- signs of infection, for example, a sore throat
- yellow eyes or skin
- mood changes, or signs of mental disturbance
- fast or pounding heartbeat
- fatigue trouble urinating
- worsening of seizures
- allergies, especially to metaxalone,
- any liver disease
- any seizures
- any urinary retention
Side effects are amplified in the elderly, and pregnant women should only take Skelaxin if it is absolutely necessary. It is not known if this drug is passed on to the baby during breastfeeding.
Precaution - Drug Interactions:
When used with cupric slufate type diabetic urine testing products, false positive results may occur. Notify the lab that you are using this drug before the test.
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Date Created: January 29, 2006