Skelaxin
DESCRIPTION

This is a medication used to treat muscle spasms. It is also popularly referred to as Metaxalone in the medical field.

How it works

This medication works by relaxing the muscles in the body. This enables the medication to reduce conditions such as muscle spasms.

Uses

Skelaxin is primarily used to treat muscle spasms and pain. This medication is usually used alongside rest and medical therapy.

Dosage

This medication is taken by mouth, usually 3 or 4 times a day. Sometimes, your physician might later your dosage in order to make it suitable for your medical condition. Your dosage and dose schedule will be based on your medical condition and the way you respond to the treatment.

If you experience any side effects after consuming this medication with fat meals, then you might want to consume the medication in an empty stomach. It is possible for you to consume it with a light meal as well.

You must not consume this medication more than recommend or for longer than necessary. This will not improve the condition any faster or enhance the effects of the medication. It will only make you more vulnerable towards the medication. Moreover, it can result in an overdose as well. If you are making any changes to the dosage or dose schedule, get permission from your physician first.

In order to experience the best results of this medication, you need to take this medication as regularly as possible. Do not accidently skip or miss your doses. If you do miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not consume two doses at one in order to compensate for a missed one.

If your condition does not improve or if it worsens during the treatment period, inform your healthcare provider.

Side effects

Some of the common side effects of this medication are drowsiness, dizziness, upset stomach, vomiting and nausea. These effects will only last for about a day or two.
The following are some serious side effects that you might or might not experience during the course of the treatment.

Jaundice
Signs of infection
Mood changes
Unusual tiredness
Pounding heartbeat
Dark urine

Even though these side effects are rare, it is important to keep an eye out for them. It is also possible for you to experience allergic reactions such as rashes, swelling and trouble breathing. During such circumstances, do not hesitate to get immediate medical help.

Precautions

If you require to stay safe during the treatment period, make sure to follow to the below instructions.

Inform your physician if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of the medication.
Brief your physician if you have a history of liver or kidney disease.
Be careful when giving this medication to senior citizens as they are more vulnerable towards certain side effects.

Self-care

If you are planning to continue the medication during your pregnancy, ensure to consume this drug only when it is essential.

Since it is not known whether this drug can be passed onto children via breast milk, it is important to discuss this matter with a healthcare provider.

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