What Is Metaxalone Used For?
Metaxalone uses include relieving pain, tenderness, and stiffness caused by muscle spasms. This prescription medication is approved for use in adults and adolescents (age 12 and older) who have muscle spasms caused by injuries or other muscle problems. On occasion, a healthcare provider may use metaxalone off-label to help treat pain associated with fibromyalgia.
Understanding What Metaxalone Is Used ForMetaxalone (Skelaxin®) is a prescription muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms. It is approved for use along with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments to relieve pain from acute (short-term) painful muscle spasms. Metaxalone may be less likely to cause drowsiness and "grogginess," compared to other muscle relaxants.
A muscle spasm is an uncontrollable contraction of a muscle. Muscle spasms can cause pain, tenderness, and stiffness. They are a frequent cause of back pain. Most often, muscle spasms are caused by injury, overuse, or similar problems (like sleeping in a strange position). Metaxalone usually works quite well for these types of muscle spasms.