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Methocarbamol Patient Tips

How it works

Methocarbamol is used in addition to other treatments for the relief of discomfort associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions. Experts are not sure how it works as it has no direct effect on muscle; however, effects may be due to its sedative properties.

Upsides

  • May be useful in addition to rest and physical therapy for the relief of discomfort associated with acute, painful, musculoskeletal conditions (third-line therapy for the relief of chronic back pain).

Downsides

If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, take no other medication or have no other medical conditions, side effects you are more likely to experience include:

  • Drowsiness, flushing, low blood pressure, dizziness on standing, seizures, rash, blurred vision and a metallic taste in the mouth. Rarely, has been associated with life-threatening allergic reactions.
  • May affect ability to drive or operate machinery. Avoid alcohol.

Notes: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects. For a complete list of all side effects, click here.

Bottom Line

Methocarbamol is only given when other treatments for musculoskeletal pain have not worked. Use is limited by drowsiness and several other side effects and should not be used in children or elderly people.

Tips

  • Safety and effectiveness in children younger than 16 years has not been established.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine, or take with other medicines that cause drowsiness. Avoid driving or operating machinery or engaging in tasks that require mental alertness while taking methocarbamol.

Response and Effectiveness

Starts working in about 30 minutes and full effects seen within 2 hours.

References

Methocarbamol [package insert]. Revised 10/2015. Virtus Pharmaceuticals. https://www.drugs.com/pro/methocarbamol.html Accessed 03/2016

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use methocarbamol only for the indication prescribed.

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