metaxalone, Skelaxin

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GENERIC NAME: metaxalone

BRAND NAME: Skelaxin

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Metaxalone is an oral drug that relaxes skeletal muscle the muscles that control movement of the body. It does not act directly on skeletal muscle, and the exact mechanism of action of metaxalone is unknown. Metaxalone relaxes muscles possibly by affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and by causing sedation. Metaxalone was approved by the FDA in 1962.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Metaxalone is used as an adjunct to physical therapy for treatment of short-term, painful muscle and skeletal conditions.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects with metaxalone are:

Other important, but less common, side effects include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2015

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