Methocarbamol

Description

Methocarbamol is used to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with sprains or any muscle injuries. This medicine is used along with rest and physical therapy to get the best possible effect.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Methocarbamol

  • Dizziness and Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blurred vision
  • Stomach upset
  • Fever
  • Black, blue, or green discolouration of urine
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Nausea

Uses of Methocarbamol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Muscle spasm
  • Tetanus
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 30 minutes of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty in concentration. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you consume alcohol during treatment with this medicine.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesirable side effects. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to methocarbamol or any other components present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesirable side effects. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.
General warnings

Drowsiness

Use of this medicine may cause drowsiness. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating machinery during treatment with this medicine.

Pediatric use

Safety and efficacy of Methocarbamol tablets have not been clinically established in children under the age of 16 years.

Missed Dose

Tablet: If a dose of Methocarbamol is missed, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one. Injection: Methocarbamol injection is usually administered in the clinical or hospital setting by a qualified healthcare professional and hence, the likelihood of missing a dose is very low.

Overdose

Tablet: Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose. Injection: Methocarbamol injection is usually administered in the clinical or hospital setting by a qualified healthcare professional and hence, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose of this medicine is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty in concentration. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you consume alcohol during treatment with this medicine.
Interaction with Medicine

Amitriptyline

Fluvoxamine

Tramadol

Sodium oxybate

Meprobamate

Disease interactions

Renal Dysfunction

The injectable formulation of this medicine is not recommended for use in patients with renal dysfunction due to the high concentration of polyethylene glycol in the solution. An alternative treatment option should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Seizures

The injectable formulation of this medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizures due to the increased risk of recurrent seizures. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Tablets: Take Methocarbamol exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take larger or smaller amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor. Injection: This medicine is usually administered in the clinical or hospital setting by a qualified healthcare professional. Carefully follow all the instructions given by your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
Methocarbamol blocks the pain signals from reaching the brain.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Skeletal muscle relaxants

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/29314

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https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=92123cfa-5bd5-4554-8d5d-b877d5cb9c02

Methocarbamol - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 30 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00423

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https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682579.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 18 Sep 2017

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