What is Methocarbamol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Robaxin Robaxin-750

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See also: Acetaminophen (paracetamol)-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 275 124
Muscle pain 188 94
Fibromyalgia 147 70
Stiffness/spasticity 25 13
Pain 12 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 12
Moderate 28
Mild 71
None 114

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methocarbamol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 16
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 6
750 mg four times daily 5
750 mg daily 4
750 mg three times daily 4
500 mg daily 3
750mg as needed 3
500 mg twice daily 2
500 mg three times daily 2
750 mg twice daily 2
500 mg four times daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Methocarbamol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 75
Doctor's advice 34
Other 23
Course of treatment ended 21
Side effects too severe 18
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Methocarbamol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Methocarbamol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 30
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 142
Usually 44
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 23
A little hard to take 41
Not at all hard to take 155
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 5
< $25 106
Not specified 110

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methocarbamol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 24
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 9
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 7
Metaxalone (Skelaxin) 3
Carisoprodol (Soma) 1

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methocarbamol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 7
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 7
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 7
Metaxalone (Skelaxin) 2
Tramadol (Ultram) 2

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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17 patient evaluations for Methocarbamol

Aug 13, 2016 (Started Apr 09, 2010)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 15, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 24, 2015 (Started Apr 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Persistent and painful spasms in legs. Back on Robaxin.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach

Sep 1, 2010 (Started Apr 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Severe (upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 4000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I noticed spasticity in my neck when I STOPPED taking it for a while. I have stopped for about 5 weeks now and seem to be doing well in cooler weather.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach

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