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Metaxalone is a muscle relaxant that is available by prescription. It helps to relieve muscle spasms caused by injuries or other muscle problems. Metaxalone comes in tablet form and is typically taken three or four times a day. Before taking this medication, tell your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements.

What Is Metaxalone?

Metaxalone (Skelaxin®) is a prescription muscle relaxant. It is approved for use in combination with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments for relieving pain associated with short-term "musculoskeletal conditions," such as muscle spasms due to an injury.
(Click What Is Metaxalone Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Metaxalone Side Effects

Just like any medicine, metaxalone can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness or irritability.
(Click Side Effects of Metaxalone to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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