Generic Name: methocarbamol (meth-oh-CAR-buh-mahl)
Brand Name: Robaxin
Methocarbamol tablets are used for:
Relieving muscle pain and discomfort caused by certain muscle conditions. It is used along with rest and physical therapy
Methocarbamol tablets are a skeletal muscle relaxant. The precise way it works is unknown, but it is thought to depress the central nervous system. It has no direct effect on the muscle.
Do NOT use methocarbamol tablets if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in methocarbamol tablets
- you are also taking sodium oxybate (GHB)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using methocarbamol tablets:
Some medical conditions may interact with methocarbamol tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have liver problems or myasthenia gravis
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with methocarbamol tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticholinesterases (eg, neostigmine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by methocarbamol tablets
- Sodium oxybate (GHB) because the risk of its side effects may be increased by methocarbamol tablets
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if methocarbamol tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use methocarbamol tablets:
Use methocarbamol tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take methocarbamol tablets by mouth on an empty stomach. If stomach upset occurs, take with food or immediately after a meal to reduce stomach irritation. Do not take methocarbamol tablets with, or immediately after, a high-fat or heavy meal.
- If you miss a dose of methocarbamol tablets, take it if it is within 1 hour of the missed dose. If it is more than 1 hour since the missed dose, skip it and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use methocarbamol tablets.
Important safety information:
- Methocarbamol tablets may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use methocarbamol tablets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using methocarbamol tablets; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
- Methocarbamol tablets may discolor the urine. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
- Use methocarbamol tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Methocarbamol tablets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 16 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using methocarbamol tablets while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use methocarbamol tablets, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of methocarbamol tablets:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Blurred vision; dizziness; drowsiness; eye redness or irritation; fever; headache; hives; lightheadedness; nasal stuffiness; nausea.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fainting; seizures; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include coma; fast or irregular heartbeat; loss of consciousness; nausea; unusual drowsiness or dizziness; vomiting.Proper storage of methocarbamol tablets:
Store methocarbamol tablets at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep methocarbamol tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about methocarbamol tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Methocarbamol tablets are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take methocarbamol tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about methocarbamol tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to methocarbamol tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using methocarbamol tablets.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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