Methocarbamol review

Methocarbamol is s type of muscle relaxant that works to decrease muscle spasms and pain. It blocks the nerve impulses sent to the brain to relax the muscles.

This drug is prescribed to adults who are suffering from skeletal and muscle conditions such as sprain, strains, and other muscle injuries. This medication is known under the trade name Robaxin.

This drug is administered orally. It is usually taken 3-4 times in a day, or as instructed by a physician. This drug is taken after meals to prevent the incidence of upset stomach.

Dosage may also vary according to the condition and the response to therapy of the patient. Patients must never increase their dosage or take this medication more often that what was indicated since it can result to increased chances of side effects.

Methocarbamol is intended for short-term use. The use of this medication should not be longer than 21 days, unless instructed by a physician. In case the condition does not improve in the said amount of time, a patient should immediately consult a doctor.

The occurrence of side effects may differ from one patient to another. It does not mean that if one patient experiences a certain side effect, another patient would suffer the same side effect. Side effects may also be a result of the body adjusting to the medication.

Some of the more common side effects of this medication are upset stomach, constipation, nausea, flushing, blurred vision, and headache. Patients may also experience drowsiness and lightheadedness a couple of days after the start of the medication as the body adjusts to the use of this drug. In case the said symptoms continue or worsen, immediate medical help is encouraged.

Some of the more serious but highly unlikely side effects of this medication are irregular heartbeat, yellowing of the skin or eyes, fainting, persistent vomiting, and abdominal pain. Patients may also experience changes in mood, difficulty in urinating, fever, and continuous sore throat.

It is unlikely that a serious allergic reaction will result from the use of this medication, however medical help is important in case patients suffer from severe dizziness, swelling, rashes, and difficulty in breathing.

Patients must tell their doctors or pharmacist of the drugs they are using before agreeing to use this medication. Some of the medicines that may interact with Methocarbamol are pyridostigmine, donepezil, tacrine, galantamine, and rivastigmine. Patients should also inform their doctors or pharmacists of any drugs they are using, whether prescription or non-prescription types.

Patient should also tell their doctors or pharmacists of their medical history, especially if they have had kidney disease, difficulty in urinating, and liver disease in the past.

Methocarbamol may also make a patient feel drowsy, so patients should be cautious whenever they are operating machines or driving while under this medication. Alcohol intake should also be decreased while using this medication. This drug should also not be recommended to pregnant women unless clearly needed.

Methocarbamol has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of methocarbamol

• Molecular formula of methocarbamol is C11H15NO5
• Chemical IUPAC Name is [2-hydroxy-3-(2-methoxyphenoxy)-propyl] aminoformate
• Molecular weight is 241.241 g/mol
Methocarbamol available : 750mg tablets

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