What is this medication for?
Methocarbamol belongs to the family of medications known as muscle relaxants. It is used in combination with rest and physical therapy to relieve pain associated with muscle spasm, such as strains and sprains, back pain, and tense neck muscles.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Robaxin® is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended starting dose for adults is 1500 mg four times a day. After 2 to 3 days of treatment, the dose may later be reduced to 1000 mg four times a day, 1500 mg three times a day, or 750 mg every 4 hours.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
Who should NOT take this medication?
This medication should not be taken by anyone who is allergic to methocarbamol (or related medications such as carisoprodol) or any other ingredients of the medication.