Generic Name: methocarbamol (meth-oh-KAR-ba-mole)
Brand Name: Robaxin
Robaxin is used for:
Relieving muscle pain and discomfort caused by sprains and strains. It is used in combination with rest and physical therapy.
Robaxin is 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 Robaxin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Robaxin
- you are also taking sodium oxybate (GHB)
- you have kidney disease
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Robaxin:
Some medical conditions may interact with Robaxin. 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 are allergic to latex
- if you have myasthenia gravis (severe muscle weakness), liver problems, or a history of seizures
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Robaxin. 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 Robaxin
- Sodium oxybate (GHB) because the risk of its side effects may be increased by Robaxin
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Robaxin 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 Robaxin:
Use Robaxin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Robaxin is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Robaxin at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Robaxin. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- Do not use Robaxin if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
- If you miss a dose of Robaxin, contact your doctor or nurse for dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Robaxin.
Important safety information:
- Robaxin may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Robaxin 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 Robaxin; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
- Robaxin should not be given for more than 3 days in a row except for the treatment of tetanus.
- Use Robaxin with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Robaxin should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 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 Robaxin 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 Robaxin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Robaxin:
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; confusion; dizziness; double vision; drowsiness; fainting; fever; flushing; headache; indigestion; lightheadedness; metallic taste in mouth; mild muscle incoordination; nasal stuffiness; nausea; pain and sloughing at the injection site; "pink eye;" rapid eye movement; sleeplessness; swelling; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); memory loss; seizures; slow heartbeat; 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 Robaxin:
Robaxin is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Robaxin at home, store Robaxin as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Robaxin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Robaxin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Robaxin is 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 Robaxin 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 Robaxin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Robaxin. 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 Robaxin.
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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