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 255 119
Muscle pain 168 82
Fibromyalgia 133 67
Stiffness/Spasticity 24 13
Pain 12 4
Back pain 11 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 66
None 108

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methocarbamol

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 13
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 8
500mg as needed 7
500 mg twice daily 5
500 mg three times daily 5
750 mg twice daily 5
750 mg four times daily 4
750mg as needed 4
500 mg daily 3
750 mg daily 2
1,000 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Methocarbamol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 66
Doctor's advice 30
Other 19
Course of treatment ended 17
Side effects too severe 14
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Methocarbamol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Methocarbamol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 37
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 136
Usually 40
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 37
Not at all hard to take 149
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 11
< $25 100
Not specified 97

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methocarbamol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 18
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 5
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 5
Carisoprodol (Soma) 1
Diazepam (Valium) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methocarbamol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 6
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 5
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 2
Chlorzoxazone (Parafon Forte DSC) 1
Diazepam (Valium) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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18 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

Jun 15, 2016 (Started Nov 11, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Four times daily

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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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