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 266 122
Muscle pain 183 86
Fibromyalgia 141 68
Stiffness/spasticity 25 13
Pain 12 4
Back pain 10 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
Severe 11
Moderate 27
Mild 69
None 113

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methocarbamol

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 15
Nausea 7
Dizziness 6
Fatigue 5
Grogginess 4
Upset stomach 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methocarbamol

Dosage Patients
750 mg three times daily 12
500 mg twice daily 11
500mg as needed 9
750mg as needed 8
750 mg daily 7
500 mg three times daily 7
500 mg daily 6
750 mg twice daily 6
750 mg four times daily 5
1,500 mg three times daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Methocarbamol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 69
Doctor's advice 31
Other 20
Course of treatment ended 18
Side effects too severe 16
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
See all 133 patients who've stopped taking Methocarbamol

Duration

Currently taking Methocarbamol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Methocarbamol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 142
Usually 41
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 22
A little hard to take 37
Not at all hard to take 155
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 12
< $25 101
Not specified 103

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methocarbamol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 22
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 6
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 5
Metaxalone (Skelaxin) 2
Carisoprodol (Soma) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methocarbamol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 7
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 6
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 5
Tramadol (Ultram) 2
Chlorzoxazone (Parafon Forte DSC) 1

Show all 10 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 spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 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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Feb 25, 2015 (Started Dec 13, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (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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