What is Metaxalone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Skelaxin

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Metaxalone is a skeletal muscle relaxant. It is used for the relief of discomfort associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Muscle spasms 136 53
Fibromyalgia 95 36
Stiffness/spasticity 83 34
Pain 33 9
Back pain 16 15
Neck pain 16 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 9
Mild 29
None 80

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metaxalone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 10
Drowsiness 6
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3
Constipation 2
Tiredness 2
Decreased effectiveness over time 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metaxalone

Dosage Patients Percentage
800 mg daily 5
1600 mg daily 3
800mg as needed 3
1200 mg daily 1
800 mg twice daily 1
2400 mg daily 1
800 mg three times daily 1
0.5 800mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Metaxalone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 64
Other 24
Doctor's advice 20
Expense 20
Course of treatment ended 17
Side effects too severe 12
Change in health plan coverage 8
Personal research 3
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Duration

Currently taking Metaxalone

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Metaxalone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 34
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 73
Usually 25
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 96
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 4
$50-99 11
$25-49 19
< $25 36
Not specified 47

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metaxalone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 10
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 3
Carisoprodol (Soma) 2
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 2
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1

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Patients stopped taking Metaxalone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 5
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 3
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 3
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 1
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 1

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11 patient evaluations for Metaxalone

Oct 15, 2012 (Started May 07, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This did not work for me it was a change up from Baclofen. The Dr's. wanted to do a baclofen pump. I wanted something different. Currently on Ativan and Oral Morphine.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 5, 2012 (Started Feb 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 22, 2011 (Started Mar 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for neck pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This didn't seem to work for me, other than alleviating menstrual cramps. I found a much better result from Cyclobenzaprine.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

May 3, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in shoulder(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for neck pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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