Methocarbamol, AKA Robaxin, is a muscle relaxer, not a pain medication. However, it is supposed to lessen the severity of arthritis pain by acting on your nervous systems to relax your muscles, therefore offering relief from arthritis pain.
Available in both injectable and oral forms, the drug works through the central nervous system to disrupt abnormal signals causing muscle tremors. People take Robaxin to help them deal with the discomfort of muscle and bone injuries such as those associated with arthritis.
How does Robaxin work?
Methocarbamol works by decreasing the activity of the central nervous system, and its side effects primarily involve the nervous system, ranging from confusion to in-coordination.
The safeness for use by pregnant ladies or lactating moms
Methocarbamol has not been adequately studied in pregnant animals or humans. Because of the unknown risks, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to take it while pregnant OR breastfeeding.
Potential Robaxin side effects
Its principal side effects include dizziness, light-headedness, confusion, drowsiness, muscular in-coordination and sedation. But it doesn’t stop there. Robaxin users have also experienced headaches, various allergic reactions, brown-to-black urine, fainting, nausea and vomiting, rash, flushing and slowed heartbeat. Do you think it might impact your golf game?
Dangers of drug interactions
Well, first of all, drinking alcohol while taking Methocarbamol can increase patients’ risk for experiencing overdose symptoms. People who take Methocarbamol should not also take tranquilizers, sleeping pills or narcotic painkillers because each of those medications can compound the effects of Methocarbamol on the central nervous system. (Scary!) Also, pyridostigmine (AKA Regonol from Sandoz), which is used to treat a neuromuscular condition called myasthenia gravis, interacts badly with Methocarbamol.
Drawbacks & limitations
Taking too much Methocarbamol can lead to a potentially fatal overdose. (Just a minor drawback…) People should only use Methocarbamol in conjunction with rest and physical therapy. (If you dare!) People shouldn’t drive or operate machinery until they know just how dizzy and confused Methocarbamol will make them. (Just a little dizzy and confused is OK?)
Taking too much Methocarbamol can cause a person to experience a dangerous drop in blood pressure, blurred vision and seizures. A large overdose can cause a coma or death, especially when taken by someone using alcohol or other medications for pain relief or muscle relaxation. (Sounding like your drug of choice?)