Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Elda, Jul 25, 2003.

  1. Elda

    Elda New Member

    After "peeking" in here for a couple of weeks, I have a question that I can't seem to find much information on. Today my Rheumy confirmed that I have RA, which I have suspected for a little while. I also think I have FM. Had 2 Docs say yes...1 said he's not sure. Rheumy has put me on Celebrex and also Skelaxin. I have searched far and wide for info on the muscle relaxer Skelaxin, to no avail. I just wondered if anyone else has tried this medicine and what the results were if you have. All my searches only came up with those darn meds for sell .com things! No information that I could actually use. Thanks all...and you have wonderful message boards!
  2. jkd7058

    jkd7058 New Member

    I also tried the Celebrex but all that did was make my wallet lighter :)
  3. MiahRoo

    MiahRoo New Member

    After one nasty trip to the ER the doctor there prescribed some Skelaxin for me to try. I gave it a shot over the next week or so but it did next to nothing for me.
  4. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hi Elda, welcome to the board. I have a favorite cousin named Elda, you are the first person I have ever met that also is named Elda.

    I do not take Skelaxin, but I did find some information for you, its the Patient Handout, but if you want the real techinical stuff, will get that for you too.

    I am sure others here also take this med, as I have seen it mentioned before.

    Hope this helps, and again welcome to the board........

    Shalom, Shirl

    ____________________________________________________________From; Medscape__
    Patient Handout


    The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

    Common Brand Name(s):
    Parafon Forte DSC, Robaxin, Skelaxin

    This medication relaxes muscles and relieves pain and discomfort associated with strains, sprains, spasms or other muscle injuries.

    How to Take this Medication
    Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach. To prevent stomach upset, this medication may be taken with food or immediately after a meal. Do not take this drug with, or immediately after, a high-fat or heavy meal. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or take it for a longer period of time than prescribed by your doctor.

    Side Effects
    May cause stomach upset, heartburn, constipation, headache, dizziness or drowsiness the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If these symptoms persist or become severe, notify your doctor. Inform your doctor if you develop: persistent stomach pain, skin rash, itching, rapid heart rate, yellowing of eyes or skin. May discolor urine. This will disappear when the medication is stopped. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

    Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: seizures, kidney or liver disease, any drug allergies. Alcoholic beverages may increase the dizziness/drowsiness effects of this drug. Limit alcohol intake. Use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or operating machinery. When arising quickly from a sitting or lying position, this drug may cause dizziness/lightheadedness. Change positions slowly. This medication should be used during pregnancy only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

    Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you take including any medication such as: sedatives, tranquilizers, narcotics (pain medication), sleeping pills, medication for seizures, depression, allergies, hay fever, colds. Do not start taking any of the drugs mentioned above without consulting your doctor. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

    If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include severe drowsiness or unconsciousness.

    This medication provides temporary relief and must be used in addition to rest, physical therapy and other measures as directed by your doctor. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.

    Missed Dose
    If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered within 1 hour. Otherwise skip that dose and resume usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

    Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.

  5. searchin4me

    searchin4me New Member

    I have been on skelaxin off and on for a while now. I have found that there are times where I get results from it, and times when it does nothing for me. I have a good friend, however, who has FMS who swears by it. She has gotten a great deal of relief from it. Off the top of my head, I can't remember what the dosages are, but I do know that taking one pill didn't seem to help me, so my doctor reccomended taking two. I have had such great pain free results with topomax though that I haven't used any pain meds or muscle relaxers for over a year.
  6. brooke45

    brooke45 New Member

    the dr prescribed it for me also with no relief. They say it works better than flexeril because it doesn't make you as tired. Karen
  7. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Shalom, Shirl