What is Methocarbamol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Robaxin Robaxin-750

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See also: Acetaminophen (paracetamol)-methocarbamol Ibuprofen-Methocarbamol Robaxacet Tylenol Back Pain Tylenol Body Pain Night

Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant used to relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. It is available in an oral preparation, as an intramuscular injection and for intravenous infusion.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Muscle spasms 320 130
Muscle pain 230 99
Fibromyalgia 174 71
Stiffness/spasticity 27 13
Pain 19 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 11
Moderate 28
Mild 76
None 120

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methocarbamol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 17
Nausea 7
Dizziness 5
Fatigue 5
Sleepiness 5
Grogginess 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methocarbamol

Dosage Patients Percentage
500mg as needed 3
1500 mg three times daily 2
1 capsule(s) three times daily 1
1 tablet(s) three times daily 1
1 tablet(s) four times daily 1
500 mg daily 1
750 mg daily 1
500 mg twice daily 1
1500 mg daily 1
500 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Methocarbamol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 79
Doctor's advice 39
Other 25
Course of treatment ended 23
Side effects too severe 17
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 2
See all 154 patients who've stopped taking Methocarbamol

Duration

Currently taking Methocarbamol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Methocarbamol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 29
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 150
Usually 45
Sometimes 31
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 45
Not at all hard to take 160
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 5
< $25 108
Not specified 118

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methocarbamol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 29
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 10
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 10
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4
Metaxalone (Skelaxin) 3

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Patients stopped taking Methocarbamol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 11
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 11
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 7
Metaxalone (Skelaxin) 3
Diazepam (Valium) 2

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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16 patient evaluations for Methocarbamol

Nov 15, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 13, 2016 (Started Apr 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 25, 2015 (Started Dec 13, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (for Overall) (balance problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Pas this was started while in hospital for the BSSO, it took me awhile to notice my balance was getting worse and that the medication could of been part of the problem.. I am hoping that after a few days my balance can be assessed accurately. And not from the MVA..

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