Muscle relaxant – Metaxalone
Metaxalone is a certain type of medication which is commonly used for the relaxation of the muscles. It is commonly a part of the physical therapy and it always needs to be accompanied by plenty of rest. Painful sensations and discomfort commonly treated by metaxalone are usually triggered by sprains, strains and various other types of muscle related injuries. There are also cases in which this type of medication can be prescribed in other to be used for certain other uses as well. Metaxalone comes in the form of a tablet and it needs to be taken orally. In most cases the doctor prescribes it so that it needs to be taken three to four times each day. One should always follow the directions given by the doctor or pharmacist. If anything else, the patient needs to follow the directions on the prescription label. Taking more or less Metaxalone than prescribed may trigger certain other medical problems and complications. One other important thing that needs to be pointed out is that Metaxalone should be taken with meals or immediately after meals, because by doing so, the patient avoids getting the stomach upset by the medicament. In some cases, the patient may experience certain types of side effects when taking Metaxalone after high fat meals. Those who experience such side effects need to take the medication only on an empty stomach or after light meals. The exact dosage is usually determined by the medical condition of the patient and her or his response to the overall therapy and treatment. Metaxalone is a certain type of medication which can only be used for short periods of time. In most cases it should not be used for longer than 21 days. In some extreme cases the doctor may prescribe the usage of the medicament for longer periods than that. There are certain other important precautions which the patient needs to follow in order to use the medication safely and get the most health benefits out of it. Metaxalone should never be taken with alcohol because it only adds to the drug’s effect of drowsiness. Metaxalone itself causes drowsiness in some cases so it is of utmost importance not to drive a vehicle or operate any motorized machinery while under the influence of the medication. Those who are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant or are breastfeeding need to inform their doctors and immediately stop taking Metaxalone because it may have a negative effect on the pregnancy or the mother’s milk. Those who suffer from all different types of blood disorders, seizures, liver diseases or kidney disease need to tell that to the doctor before they get prescribed with Metaxalone. It is also very important to notify the doctor if the patient takes any nonprescription or prescription medications especially vitamins, tranquilizers, sedatives, pain medications and drugs used for the treatment of colds, allergies and seizures. It is also of utmost importance to notify the doctor if the patient is allergic to any known type of drugs or medications. There are cases in which the patient forgets a dose. In those cases, one should take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time to take the next dose, the missed dose should be skipped and the regular dosing schedule should be continued from the next dose on. Double doses should never be taken in order to make up for the missed ones.
Side effects of Metaxalone
As is the case with most other types of drugs, medications, herbal remedies and all substances used for the treatment of some ailment or medical condition, Metaxalone may sometimes be associated with certain types of side effects. The most common side effects which are usually associated with Metaxalone include nervousness, headache, vomiting, upset stomach, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, lightheadedness and sometimes even blurred vision. These are the side effects which usually occur during the first few days because the body takes some time to adjust to the way the medication works. One should always inform the doctor if the symptoms persist or even get worse. It is very important to be well aware of the fact that all medications are prescribed by doctors because they believe that their benefits are much greater than the risk of any side effects. However, there are still certain rare cases in which some severe side effects triggered by Metaxalone may occur. Those side effects may or may not include seizures, unusual weakness, unusual tiredness, unusual bleeding, unusual bruising, yellowing of the eyes, yellowing of the skin, difficulty breathing, severe skin rash and severe allergic reaction. Those types of side effects call for an immediate medical attention. Metaxalone may also interact with certain other types of drugs. In cases of Metaxalone overdose, one should call the local poison control center.