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 269 127
Muscle pain 187 92
Fibromyalgia 143 68
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
Severe 12
Moderate 27
Mild 70
None 118

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methocarbamol

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 15
Nausea 7
Dizziness 6
Fatigue 5
Grogginess 4
Sleepiness 3

Show all 39 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methocarbamol

Dosage Patients
500mg as needed 10
750 mg daily 8
500 mg twice daily 7
500 mg three times daily 7
750 mg twice daily 7
750 mg three times daily 7
750mg as needed 7
500 mg daily 5
500 mg four times daily 5
750 mg four times daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Methocarbamol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 73
Doctor's advice 33
Other 21
Course of treatment ended 19
Side effects too severe 18
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
See all 139 patients who've stopped taking Methocarbamol

Duration

Currently taking Methocarbamol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Methocarbamol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 29
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 145
Usually 43
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 22
A little hard to take 41
Not at all hard to take 158
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 12
< $25 104
Not specified 107

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methocarbamol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 25
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 8
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 5
Metaxalone (Skelaxin) 3
Carisoprodol (Soma) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methocarbamol and switched to:

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

Show all 10 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

Nov 15, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • 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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