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Methocarbamol

Methocarbamol

What is methocarbamol?

Methocarbamol isn’t a narcotic. It’s a central nervous system (CNS) depressant and muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms, tension, and pain. It may be mistaken for a narcotic due to side effects like drowsiness and dizziness, which can feel like a drug “high.”

Read on to learn more about its uses, dosage, and side effects.

What is it used for?

Methocarbamol is used to relieve short-term (acute) pain and stiffness caused by injury. This includes strains, sprains, and fractures.

It may be prescribed alongside physical therapy or other forms of treatment.

Methocarbamol is sold in tablet form, including both generic and brand name (Robaxin) versions. It’s only available with a prescription.

In clinical settings, it may be administered through an intravenous (IV).

How should I take methocarbamol?

Take methocarbamol exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

You may need to reduce your methocarbamol dose after the first 2 or 3 days of treatment. Follow your doctor's instructions regarding the number of tablets you take each day.

Methocarbamol can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medicine.

Methocarbamol is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include rest, physical therapy, or other pain relief measures. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses

What are the side effects of methocarbamol-oral?

Common side effects of methocarbamol include:

  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • lightheadedness,
  • confusion,
  • headache,
  • flushing,
  • lowered heart rate,
  • nausea, and
  • vomiting.

Precautions

Before taking methocarbamol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease.

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or blur your vision. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana.

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