Available by prescription, Robaxin is used for short-term treatment of muscle spasms. It comes in tablet form and is typically taken three or four times a day; an injectable version is also available. While it is unclear exactly how the medicine works, it is known to primarily affect the central nervous system rather than the muscles. Common side effects include drowsiness, nausea, and dizziness.
What Is Robaxin?Robaxin® (methocarbamol) is a prescription muscle relaxant approved for relieving the pain associated with short-term, painful "musculoskeletal conditions," such as muscle spasms due to an injury. It should be used in combination with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments.
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Who Makes It?Brand-name Robaxin tablets are made by Schwarz Pharma, while brand-name injectable Robaxin is made by Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers.
How Does Robaxin Work?It is not clear exactly how this medication helps to relieve muscle spasms. However, it is known to work mostly in the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord), not directly on the muscles.
When and How to Take ItSome general considerations to keep in mind when taking Robaxin include the following:
- Robaxin comes in tablet form. It is usually taken three or four times daily.
- An injectable form of this drug is also available for injection into a vein or a muscle.
- You can take Robaxin with or without food.
- For the medicine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.