Available by prescription, Robaxin® (methocarbamol) is a muscle relaxer that is approved for use in combination with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments. It can provide pain relief for people who suffer from short-term "musculoskeletal conditions," such as muscle spasms due to an injury. The medication comes in the form of a tablet and an injection, and is available in brand-name and generic forms. Possible side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea.
This muscle relaxer may not be the best choice for everyone. Before taking Robaxin, tell your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy or kidney problems, or if you are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have any allergies or are taking any other medications, including prescription and nonprescription medications, supplements, or vitamins.
(To learn more about this muscle relaxer, click Robaxin. This article offers an in-depth overview of this medication and its uses, dosing guidelines, strengths, and warnings.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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