Skeletal Muscle Relaxants (Systemic)
Precautions While Using This Medicine
will be taking this medicine for a long time (for example, more than a few
weeks), your doctor should check your progress at regular visits.
This medicine will add to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants
(medicines that slow down the nervous system, possibly causing drowsiness).
Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for hay fever,
other allergies, or colds; sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping medicine;
prescription pain medicine or narcotics; barbiturates; medicine for seizures;
other muscle relaxants; or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages, and check with your
doctor before taking any of the medicines listed above, while you are using
Skeletal muscle relaxants may cause blurred vision or clumsiness or unsteadiness
in some people. They may also cause some people to feel drowsy, dizzy, lightheaded,
faint, or less alert than they are normally. Make sure
you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or
do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or are not alert,
well-coordinated, and able to see well
For diabetic patients
Metaxalone (e.g., Skelaxin) may cause false test results with one
type of test for sugar in your urine. If your urine sugar test shows an unusually
large amount of sugar, or if you have any questions about this, check with
your health care professional. This is especially important if your diabetes
is not well controlled.