What is Robaxin (methocarbamol)?
Robaxin (methocarbamol) is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant derived from the guaiac tree. Robaxin is used to alleviate pain within injured muscles by blocking the nerve receptors in the brain. It is a muscle relaxant with sedative properties and only available with a prescription. When used with physical therapy and rest, it helps to relieve muscle spasms brought on by various muscle injuries such as sprains, spasms, and other muscle injuries. Robaxin is also available in the generic drug form. It is a category C drug as it relates to pregnancy, meaning that risk to an unborn child has neither been confirmed nor ruled out.
Is Robaxin a narcotic?
While Robaxin depresses the central nervous system, as narcotics often do, it is not classified as a narcotic. It does not have the addictive properties many CNS medications do. It is derived from guaifenesin, a non-habit forming ingredient commonly found in cough medicines.
The risk of addiction is nearly non-existent with Robaxin as it is not a direct pain reliever, but instead alleviates muscle spasm, which can lead to tension-driven pain. Robaxin is commonly used as a replacement for other muscle relaxers that do have the potential to be habit forming. It may be used in conjunction with other pain relievers as prescribed by your doctor.
What is Robaxin (methocarbamol) used for?
Robaxin, and its generic form, methocarbamol, are used to alleviate the pain that is caused from muscle spasms. It may be used to treat pain, muscle spasms, cramps, tetanus, muscle rigidity, and inflammation of the skeletal muscles.
Robaxin may be used for purposes not specifically listed in the medication guide, especially fibromyalgia. Patients who are allergic to methocarbamol, or any of the ingredients in Robaxin, should not use it. Studies are inconclusive if Robaxin or methocarbamol have any effect on unborn babies, or if the medication can be transferred through breast feeding. Inform your doctor before use if you have myasthenia gravis or are pregnant, breast feeding, or may become pregnant.
Robaxin and methocarbamol should only be taken by pregnant women if the benefits outweigh the potential risks of the medication. Before beginning Robaxin or methocarbamol, all drug use, both prescription and recreational, and alcohol use should be thoroughly disclosed. This includes vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medications. Unless your doctor informs you otherwise, normal dietary habits may be continued.
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