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Skelaxin (Molecule of the Month for October 2007)


Skelaxin (metaxalone) is a muscle relaxant used to relax muscles and relieve pain caused by strains, sprains, and other musculoskeletal conditions. It is used as an adjunct to rest, physical therapy, and other measures for the relief of discomforts associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions. The mode of action of this drug has not been clearly identified, but may be related to its sedative properties. Metaxalone does not directly relax tense skeletal muscles in man.

It is considered to be a moderately strong muscle relaxant, with relatively low incidence of side effects.

Skelaxin may impair mental and/or physical abilities required for performance of hazardous tasks, such as operating machinery or driving a motor vehicle, especially when used with alcohol or other CNS depressants.

Formal Chemical Name (IUPAC)




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Picture of Skelaxin

C12 H15 N O3

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(Molecule of the Month for October 2007 )

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