Side Effects of Skelaxin 800 mg


Skelaxin 800 mg is a prescription medication that comes in tablet form. Its is used for the treatment, relief and management of back ache and muscle spasms. It is a muscle relaxant that is often used alongside an extensive treatment process that involves physical therapy and sufficient rest. As with any other type of prescription medicine, there are some possible side effects that could result from using Skelaxin 800 mg.

Common Side Effects

Some relatively common side effects of Skelaxin 800 mg use include drowsiness, nausea, throwing up, feeling lightheaded, dizziness, irritability, nervousness and anxiety. In general, these side effects are considered to be minor and subside on their own as the body adjusts to the Skelaxin medication.

Other Side Effects

Some other, less common side effects are also possible with Skelaxin 800 mg. One particularly rare side effect is anaphylactoid reaction. Some people also might experience jaundice and reaction from the immune system, such as hypersensitivity and skin rash. Those who experience any of these side effects should notify their physician as soon as possible.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions can occur when more than one drug is taken at the same time. They could lead to negative side effects, or the decreased or increased effectiveness of one or more of the medications. Some medicines could cause drug interactions with Skelaxin 800 mg, particularly other CNS (central nervous system) depressants, like opioids, benzodiazepines and tricyclic antidepressants.


Skelaxin 800 mg could increase alcohol's effects. If taken with food, the medication could also increase depression, particularly with elderly persons. The medicine has the possibility of having an effect on both physical and mental abilities, so it is very important that those taking Skelaxin be very careful and alert when driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery.

Pregnant and Nursing Females

It is not known exactly what side effects could occur from pregnant women using Skelaxin 800 mg. Since it is unknown whether the medicine could lead to developmental problems with the fetus, pregnant women should avoid the medication. Also, breastfeeding mothers should consult their physicians when considering the medicine, as it is unknown whether the medicine is excreted into human breast milk (which could potentially bring harm to the baby).

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