The reference site for Methocarbamol

Methocarbamol is a central muscle relaxant used to treat skeletal muscle spasms. Under the trade name Robaxin, it is marketed by Actient Pharmaceuticals in the United States and Pfizer in Canada.

WHAT IS methocarbamol?

Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant that exerts its effect by acting on the central nervous system (ie the nerves that control the muscles) rather than on the muscles themselves.

This medicine can be used in any condition where painful muscle spasms should be reduced for patient comfort (intervertebral disc disease, for example) but it is also considered the treatment of choice for metaldehyde (snail bait) poisoning, a condition causing severe muscle twitching. Methocarbamol is also used in the treatment of tetanus (which is characterized by muscle rigidity) and strichnine poisoning (characterized by stiffness and seizuring).

Robaxin®, Robaxacet®, and Robax Platinum®  are trade names for methocarbamol. It is structurally related to guaifenesin.

 

Brand Name(s): Robaxin; Robaxisal
CAS nº: 532-03-6
(meth oh kar’ ba mole)

 

Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to methocarbamol and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

Methocarbamol has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant that exerts its effect by acting on the central nervous system (ie the nerves that control the muscles) rather than on the muscles themselves.

Methocarbamol can be used in any condition where painful muscle spasms should be reduced for patient comfort (intervertebral disc disease, for example) but it is also considered the treatment of choice for metaldehyde (snail bait) poisoning, a condition causing severe muscle twitching. Methocarbamol is also used in the treatment of tetanus (which is characterized by muscle rigidity) and strichnine poisoning (characterized by stiffness and seizuring).

Robaxin®, Robaxacet®, and Robax Platinum®  are trade names for methocarbamol. It is structurally related to guaifenesin.

Other uses for this medicine

In cats, methocarbamol is an important medication in the treatment of permethrin poisoning (which occurs when canine permethrin flea products are used inadvertantly on pet cats).

Dosage and using this medicine

Methocarbamol comes as a tablet to take by mouth.

It usually is taken four times a day at first, then it may be changed to three to six times a day.

Take methocarbamol exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

What special precautions should I follow?

BEFORE TAKING METHOCARBAMOL:

Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or a seizure disorder. You may need a lower dose or special monitoring during your therapy.

It is not known whether methocarbamol will harm an unborn baby. Do not take methocarbamol without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is also not known whether methocarbamol passes into breast milk. Do not take methocarbamol without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Methocarbamol is not approved for use in children younger than 12 years of age.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Possible side effects from methocarbamol include:

stomach upset
nausea
flushing
constipation
headache
blurred vision
lightheadedness
dizziness or drowsiness

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

drowsiness
dizziness
upset stomach
blurred vision
fever

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

severe skin rash, itching
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
nasal congestion

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

drowsiness
confusion
unconsciousness

Product Images

PICTURES OF METHOCARBAMOL PILLS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of methocarbamol that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

 

Name: METHOCARBAMOL
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: A265
Manufacturer: MAJOR PHARM.

Name: METHOCARBAMOL
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: 4211 V
Manufacturer: QUALITEST

Name: METHOCARBAMOL
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: 4211 V
Manufacturer: WEST-WARD 290

Name: METHOCARBAMOL
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: DAN DAN 5381
Manufacturer: WATSON LABS

Name: METHOCARBAMOL
Strength(s): 750 MG
Imprint: A264
Manufacturer: ABLE LABS, INC.

Name: METHOCARBAMOL
Strength(s): 750 MG
Imprint: GG 101
Manufacturer: SANDOZ

Name: METHOCARBAMOL
Strength(s): 750 MG
Imprint: WEST-WARD 292
Manufacturer: UNITED RESEARCH

Name: ROBAXIN®
Strength(s): 750 MG
Imprint: ROBAXIN 750 AHP
Manufacturer: SCHWARZ PHARMA

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