Generic name: MethocarbamolBrand names: Robaxin
Robaxin is prescribed, along with rest, physical therapy, and other measures, for the relief of pain due to severe muscular injuries, sprains, and strains.
Robaxin is not a substitute for the rest or physical therapy needed for proper healing.
Although the drug may temporarily make an injury feel better, do not let that tempt you into pushing your recovery. Lifting or exercising too soon may further damage the muscle.
Take Robaxin exactly as prescribed. Do not take a larger dose or use more often than directed.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Robaxin.
If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Robaxin or other drugs of this type, you should not take Robaxin. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.
Robaxin can cause drowsiness and dizziness. Do not drive a car or operate potentially dangerous machinery until you know how the drug affects you.
Tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease. These conditions may affect Robaxin's effectiveness.
Avoid or be careful using alcoholic beverages.
Robaxin may darken urine to brown, green, or black.
If Robaxin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either can be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Robaxin with drugs that slow the nervous system, including:AlcoholDrugs used to treat myasthenia gravisNarcotic pain relievers such as oxycodoneSleeping pillsTranquilizers such as alprazolam
There have been rare reports of harm to the developing baby following use of Robaxin during pregnancy. Pregnant women should take Robaxin only if the potential benefits clearly outweigh the possible risks. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It is not known if Robaxin appears in breast milk. If Robaxin is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding your baby until your treatment is finished.
The usual starting dose is 3 tablets taken 4 times a day. The usual long-term dose is 2 tablets taken 4 times a day.
The usual starting dose is 2 tablets taken 4 times a day. The usual long-term dose is 1 tablet taken every 4 hours or 2 tablets taken 3 times a day.
The safety and effectiveness of Robaxin have not been established in children.
Any drug taken in excess can have dangerous consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Robaxin, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.