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Metaxalone

INFORMATION

Uses

Metaxalone is used for muscle relaxation.

How it works

Metaxalone is a muscle relaxant. The exact mechanism of action of metaxalone is unknown; however it works in brain and spinal cord by decreasing pain sensations and relaxes the muscles.

Common side effects

Nervousness, Altered libido, Bruise, Bleeding, Bowel disturbance, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Shortness of breath, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Vomiting, Nausea, Headache, Stomach upset, Sunburn, Photosensitivity, Yellow discoloration of skin

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Expert advice

Do not take metaxalone:
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to metaxalone or to any of the other ingredients of this medicines.
  • If you have severe liver or kidney problems.
Talk to your doctor:
  • If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • If you are elderly.
Inform your doctor immediately if you experience severe skin rash, difficulty breathing, yellowing of the skin or eyes, unusual bruising or bleeding, unusual tiredness or weakness, seizures. Avoid use of alcohol while taking metaxalone as it increase the risk of drowsiness. It is not recommended in children under the age of 12 years. Metaxalone if taken with food may increase the risk of drowsiness or dizziness; elderly patients are more prone. Do not drive or use any tools or machines, as it may impair mental/ physical abilities to perform the task, and you feel dizzy and tired after taking metaxalone.

Frequently asked questions

Metaxalone

Q.Is metaxalone addictive?
No. Metaxalone is not addictive. Only if taken with CNS depressants, then there are chances of addition due to relief action

Q.Is metaxalone a narcotic?
No. Metaxalone is not a narcotic drug. It is a muscle relaxant

Q.Is metaxalone a benzodiazepine/ non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)/ sulfa drug/ muscle relaxer?
Metaxalone is not a benzodiazepine/ non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)/sulfa drug. However, metaxalone is a muscle relaxant

Q.Is metaxalone safe?
Metaxalone is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.Is metaxalone like Flexeril?
Flexeril is trade name for active drug cyclobenzaprine. Metaxalone and cyclobenzaprine belong to same category of drugs called muscle relaxant

Q.Is metaxalone gluten free?
Yes. Metaxalone is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before you use

Q.Can I take metaxalone for a toothache?
Metaxalone is a muscle relaxant. It is used to treat muscle spasm (pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries). Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take metaxalone with tramadol/ ibuprofen/ hydrocodone/ oxycodone/ aleve/ tylenol 3/ vicodin/ ambien/ flexeril/ Xanax?
Metaxalone interacts with tramadol/ ibuprofen/ hydrocodone/ oxycodone/ aleve/ tylenol 3/ vicodin/ ambien/ flexeril/ Xanax, and may increase side effects such as drowsiness. Always consult your physician for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required

Q.Does metaxalone make you sleep?
Yes, metaxalone may make you sleepy

Q.Does metaxalone work and what does metaxalone treat?
Metaxalone is a muscle relaxant. It is used to treat muscle spasm (pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries)

Q.Does metaxalone cause tiredness?
Metaxalone may cause unusual tiredness. Inform your doctor immediately in case you experience unusual tiredness

Q.Does metaxalone cause constipation/ weight gain?
Metaxalone is not known to cause side effects such as constipation or weight gain

Q.Does metaxalone make you high?
Metaxalone does not have any known effect in getting high

Q.Does metaxalone contain acetaminophen?
No.Metaxalone does not contain acetaminophen.


Content on this page was last updated on 11 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)