Skelaxin is an effective medication taken by many patients to treat their muscle pain and spasms. In most cases, it’s used together with physical therapy, rest and other treatments.
How to Take It
Use Skelaxin orally, with and without food, 3-4 times a day. If you use it after high-fat meals and experience unwanted adverse reactions, you should take this medicine on your empty stomach or after light meals. The right dosage must be based on your individual tolerance and medical condition. It’s not allowed to increase regular doses or take Skelaxin for longer or more often than needed.
Mild and Severe Side Effects
There are certain side effects that this medication may cause, including:
Nausea and vomiting;
Dizziness and drowsiness;
Upset stomach and others.
They are mild, but if any of them persist, you need to contact your physician. The good news is that most patients taking Skelaxin don’t experience any severe side effects at all. However, if any of them occur, you need to call your doctor and get emergency help as soon as you can:
Sudden mood and mental changes;
Confusion and nervousness;
Irritability and unusual tiredness;
Yellow eyes and skin;
Signs of new infections, such as persistent sore throat and fever;
Pounding and fast heartbeats;
Allergic reactions and dark urine.
Before taking Skelaxin, inform doctors if you have any possible allergies to its active ingredient. They also need to know if you have any pre-existing conditions, such as kidney and liver diseases, seizures and anemia. This medication can make you feel dizzy or drowsy, so you should be attentive when driving or doing other things that require your full alertness. Be sure to avoid alcoholic beverages, too. Older patients are more prone to experience the side effects caused by Skelaxin, especially confusion, dizziness and drowsiness, so their risk of falling is increased. Pregnant and nursing women are allowed to take it only when it’s clearly needed.
They are dangerous and must be avoided by all patients, because drug interactions can change the way medications work while increasing a possible risk of having severe side effects. Inform doctors about any other pharmaceutical products that you’re taking if they cause drowsiness. For example, they include alcoholic beverages, cough and pain relievers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety meds, antihistamines and other muscle relaxants.
Make a full list of all the other over-the-counter and prescription drugs that you’re taking in addition to herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals. Don’t start taking any medications without getting an approval from your doctor. Show him/her a full list of drugs to stay safe. Read the labels of other medications, because they may contain active ingredients that lead to drowsiness. Skelaxin is responsible for interfering with specific lab tests, such as urine glucose tests, and it may cause false results.