Generic name: Methocarbamol

What is Robaxin?

Robaxin is a muscle relaxant. It’s used together with physical therapy and rest to treat skeletal muscle conditions such as pain or injury.

Robaxin

Health Benefits 

-Robaxin may help to relieve muscle spasms and pain. It works by blocking nerve impulses (or pain signals) that are sent to your brain.

-It is not clear how Robaxin works, but it may work by inhibiting the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This action may help to relax muscles and relieve pain.

Side Effects

-The most common side effects of Robaxin include:

Drowsiness

Nausea

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Headache

Dizziness

Rash

Robaxin may also cause more serious side effects, including:

Allergic reaction (swelling of the face, mouth, or throat; hives; difficulty breathing)

Agitation

Confusion

Hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)

Seizures

If you experience any of these serious side effects, stop taking Robaxin and seek medical attention immediately.       

Dosage and Preparation

Robaxin is available in tablet form and is usually taken three or four times a day. The tablets can be taken with or without food.

If you have any questions about how to take Robaxin, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.       

Robaxin should not be used in children under the age of 12. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.       

Interactions

Robaxin may interact with other medications. To avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all other drugs you take, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements.       

Mechanism of Action

Robaxin works by blocking nerve impulses (or pain signals) that are sent to your brain. It is not clear how Robaxin works, but it may work by inhibiting the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This action may help to relax muscles and relieve pain.       

Pharmacokinetics

Robaxin is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. The peak plasma concentration is reached within 1-2 hours. Robaxin is widely distributed in the body and crosses the blood-brain barrier.       

Half-Life

The half-life of Robaxin is 2-3 hours.       

Alternatives to Robaxin

There are many alternative muscle relaxants available. Some examples include:

Baclofen (Lioresal)

Carisoprodol (Soma)

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)

Diazepam (Valium)

Metaxalone (Skelaxin)

Speak to your doctor about which medication is right for you.       

Robaxin may not be the only option for you. There are many other medications that can help relieve muscle pain and spasms. Work with your doctor to find the best treatment plan for you.